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Deepika
Deepika
The young filmmaker who exposes violence in India’s public toilets.

“I feared violence every time I went to the community toilets. So that was the spark for my film Apna Haq.

Meet Deepika.

Dhana
Dhana
The Nepali woman who demanded justice.

“One day, a man told me, ‘you are a woman. If I slap you, what can you possibly do?’ So I showed him what I could do.”

Meet Dhana.

Jay
Jay
The leader of an underground network for LGBT folks in Uganda.

“We go out and stay with people if they think they’re in danger. We’re always there.”

Meet Jay.

Michelle
Michelle
The Young Change Maker in Kenya.

“One does not need to be great to start, but one has to start to be great. With this in mind, I do not have to wait until I’m ‘old enough’ to start making a difference.”

Meet Michelle.

Support the movers and the shakers, the innovators and the change-makers working at the grassroots.

HOLDING GROUND. BREAKING GROUND.

We are a Canadian catalyst for women’s organizations holding ground and breaking ground for human rights. We are the cash for their creative breakthroughs, the microphone for their messages, and their partner on the path to equality. Our partners dismantle barriers, challenge perceptions, change systems, and transform the world for women and girls. Learn more about our partners by clicking on each image below:

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  • Akili Dada (Kenya)

    Akili Dada (Kenya): Translated as “Brain Sister,” Akili Dada is a leadership and innovation hub for girls. Through their work, Akilia Dada nurtures both a sisterhood and a strategy for smart, relevant, and girl-led leadership in Kenya.

    For Akili Dada, underprivileged Kenyan girls are future leaders. The shy high school girl in the bright red school uniform: a future policy maker. The savvy girl with a few chickens: an entrepreneur. And when African girls are equipped as policy makers and entrepreneurs, African women will–finally–be the ones making the decisions that affect African women.

    How do we know? The savvy girl with the chickens, for example, is Elyne–an Akili Dada scholar. She sold the birds, purchased saplings, built a bridge, and reclaimed a swampy area in her community. This is exactly the kind of innovation Akili Dada cultivates: Smart. Relevant. Led by girls.

    Akili Dada, which translates as “Brain Sister,” is truly a leadership incubator, providing girls with scholarships and seed grants. Programs such as Young Change-Makers and Innovation in Leadership offer workshops, one-on-one mentoring, and opportunities for girls to create change in their communities. This year, with a grant from The MATCH Fund, Akili Dada will provide a number of scholarships to low-income Kenyan girls and will expand their social entrepreneur programming to rural areas and to young girls living with disabilities.

    Akili Dada (Kenya): Translated as “Brain Sister,” Akili Dada is a leadership and innovation hub for girls. Through their work, Akilia Dada nurtures both a sisterhood and a strategy for smart, relevant, and girl-led leadership in Kenya.
    Akili Dada (Kenya)
  • ASOCIACIÓN DE MUJERES MIGRANTES Y REFUGIADAS (AMUMRA) (Argentina)

    Asociación de mujeres migrantes y refugiadas- AMUMRA (Argentina): Ensuring that Argentina’s migrant population has access to resources is a big job. But AMUMRA doesn’t just pitch in. They pitch a tent. The Human Rights Traveling Tent brings legal advice and professional counselling to migrant and refugee women in remote areas.

    Argentina’s migrant population is one of the largest in Latin America, with women and children disproportionately facing dangers such as trafficking and sexual exploitation. Ensuring that these women and their families have access to the resources to which they are entitled is a big job. But AMUMRA doesn’t just pitch in. They pitch a tent!

    Bringing information, legal advice, and professional counselling to migrant women in remote neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, AMUMRA’s Human Rights Traveling Tent is innovative in its impermanence: every day in a new place, every day with the hardest-to-reach people.

    Founded by Peruvian migrants in Argentina, AMUMRA also provides women and their families with information on topics such as human rights, leadership, and employment in eight emergency villages and settlements. This year, with the help of The MATCH Fund, AMUMRA is expanding their traveling tent to new areas and broadening their reach via national radio campaigns.

    Asociación de mujeres migrantes y refugiadas- AMUMRA (Argentina): Ensuring that Argentina’s migrant population has access to resources is a big job. But AMUMRA doesn’t just pitch in. They pitch a tent. The Human Rights Traveling Tent brings legal advice and professional counselling to migrant and refugee women in remote areas.
    ASOCIACIÓN DE MUJERES MIGRANTES Y REFUGIADAS (AMUMRA) (Argentina)
  • Asociacion de Victimas Por La Paz y el Desarrollo (Colombia)

    ASVIPAD

    For decades armed conflict in Colombia has severely impacted the lives of women and their families. To escape the ongoing violence and human rights violations, many Colombians have been forced to leave their homes and are now internally displaced within the country’s borders. It has been estimated that at least 4.7 million Colombians have lost their homes since the conflict began. Globally, Colombia has the highest number of internally displaced people – an unfortunate title the country has held for four years in a row.

    Formed in 2009 by a group of women who had been affected by displacement and forced disappearance in the state of Nariño, Asociacion de Victamas por la paz y el Desarrollo (ASVIPAD) supports those who have been internally displaced or who have felt the impacts of missing family members. They help women uncover the truth, seek justice and gain reparations to help them rebuild their lives.

    ASVIPAD works to strengthen the movement of women affected by armed conflict in Colombia by documenting cases of disappearance, providing women with legal and psychosocial support and advocating for changes to public policies.

    ASVIPAD
    Asociacion de Victimas Por La Paz y el Desarrollo (Colombia)
  • ASOCIACIÓN OXLAJUJ B’ATZ’-TRECE HILOS (Guatemala)

    Oxlajuj B'atz'

    Founded in 2004, Oxlajuj B’atz’ works with Indigenous women artisans from six Guatemalan communities to generate income, develop leadership skills, increase political participation, and mobilize women leaders.

    In Guatemala, Mayan women are at a particular disadvantage due to discrimination, poverty, illiteracy, lack of access to clean water, human rights abuses, gender violence, and the cultural belief that women should occupy domestic spaces.

    As part of their work for women’s economic empowerment, Oxlajuj B’atz’ is developing an innovative community tourism initiative in which Indigenous women are in the driver’s seat. By providing them with training and resources, Oxlajuj B’atz’ will strengthen the capacity of artisan women’s groups to plan and manage fair trade activities and ensure they control the profits that are generated.

    Oxlajuj B'atz'
    ASOCIACIÓN OXLAJUJ B’ATZ’-TRECE HILOS (Guatemala)
  • Boxgirls Kenya (Kenya)

    Developing young girls' leadership while challenging gender stereotypes through boxing in Kenya.

    Boxgirls Kenya takes a different approach to empowering young girls. To build self-esteem and promote self-defense, they teach girls how to box. But the training these young women receive goes far beyond learning how to throw a good hook or a jab; they are also receiving leadership and skills training, sexual and health education, and entrepreneurship training. This organization currently supports 648 girls, between eight and 23 years old, from some of the most disadvantaged communities in Nairobi.

    Boxgirls knows how valuable the support of the broader community can be in promoting the rights of women and girls. The organization therefore hosts meetings and runs campaigns to encourage parents, caregivers, teachers and community leaders to become actively involved in their programs. Boxgirls also works within a network of organizations that are using sport for development, even acting as mentors to other grassroots organizations in Kenya.

    In the past seven years, the work of Boxgirls has produced remarkable changes in the lives of women and girls. Young girls and women in Kenya are gaining self-confidence and stepping into community leadership roles, with one participant now a proud member of Kenya’s national boxing team.

    Developing young girls' leadership while challenging gender stereotypes through boxing in Kenya.
    Boxgirls Kenya (Kenya)
  • Equifonía, Colectivo por la Ciudadanía, Autonomía y Libertad de las Mujeres AC (Mexico)

    equifonia

    Equifonía, Colectivo por la Ciudadanía, Autonomía y Libertad de las Mujeres AC was founded in 2008 by a diverse group of women’s rights activists. They evaluate institutional services available to survivors of sexual violence to ensure that access to health and justice is realized, with special focus on access to safe abortion, particularly for survivors of sexual violence.
    National surveys in Mexico indicate that only 12%%%% of survivors of sexual violence seeking medical care file a formal complaint. Furthermore, only 23%%%% of filed cases of rape are actually taken to court.

    As part of a new initiative, Equifonía plans to carry out visits to hospitals and interview survivors of sexual violence and medical health professionals in order to assess the skills of health professionals and the infrastructure available to comprehensively support women in situations of sexual violence. From their findings, Equifonía intends to develop resources that can be used in advocacy efforts aimed at improving the services available to women in their community.

    equifonia
    Equifonía, Colectivo por la Ciudadanía, Autonomía y Libertad de las Mujeres AC (Mexico)
  • FEMINIST APPROACH TO TECHNOLOGY (FAT) (India)

    Feminist Approach to Technology

    “I began to ask myself, why is it that girls always get the best marks but boys always get the best jobs?” Gayatri Buragohain said, reflecting on her time in engineering college. “It’s because boys have experience doing. They have freedom.”

    As India’s local government elders called the Khap Panchayat ban women from using mobile phones and restrict their movements, girls slowly lose enthusiasm for STEM. “These girls don’t even have the right role models to dream of a career in STEM,” Gayatri says. “A girl in Delhi sees everything happen around her, but she can’t access it.”

    It was when Gayatri first began to question her own experiences as a woman in a STEM field that she got angry. But then she got a good idea. She founded Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) to ensure that girls can access technology as users, designers, and decision makers. “FAT is not just a science program,” Gayatri says. “It’s a feminist science program.”

    The MATCH Fund is supporting FAT’s pilot after-school tech lab for 25 economically disadvantaged middle school girls. If you pop in, you’ll see girls learning basic carpentry and electrical programming. You’ll see a film on the solar system and you’ll hear from successful Indian women who are already working in STEM careers. If you haven’t already, you might just fall in love with STEM. But you’ll definitely fall in love with FAT.

    Feminist Approach to Technology
    FEMINIST APPROACH TO TECHNOLOGY (FAT) (India)
  • FEM ALLIANCE (FEMA) (Uganda)

    FEM Alliance (Uganda):

    Even though Uganda’s 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Act did not pass on a technicality, violence against LBT individuals is on the rise (and harsher anti-homosexuality policies are in the works.) Ugandan lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LBT) individuals often do not seek healthcare for fear of discrimination, homelessness, unemployment, or incarceration.

    Fem Alliance (FEMA) creates safe spaces for LBT people who face discrimination and violence due to their sexual orientation and gender identity. FEMA’s three core areas include raising awareness within the LBT community, advocating to reform Ugandan HIV/AIDS policies, and building a safety net of strategic, multi-sector partnerships throughout the country. And, most immediately, in a country where LBT individuals have been lynched, tortured, and mobbed, FEMA practices safety in numbers. When all else fails, Jay, FEMA’s Executive Director says: “we go out and stay with people if they think they’re in danger. We’re always there.”

    A grant from The MATCH Fund ensures that FEMA will be there: helping people access healthcare, keeping each other safe, and uniting against discrimination in 2015-2016.

    FEM Alliance (Uganda):
    FEM ALLIANCE (FEMA) (Uganda)
  • Her Turn (Nepal)

    Her Turn

    After participating in a Her Turn workshop, 13-year-old Sushila knew all about the effects of child marriage. But that didn’t stop her family from marrying her off to an older man a few months later. “I was upset and afraid,” Sushila said, explaining the social pressure to marry and the threats she received from her new husband’s family. Just knowing about the impacts of early forced marriage was not enough for Sushila, a child, to take a stand.

    But Her Turn could. Because they knew Sushila from the workshop, Her Turn’s Girl Support Committee was able to stage an intervention. Today, Sushila is divorced and back in school. In a country where 41%%%% of girls marry before they turn 18, Sushila is one of the lucky ones.

    Her Turn equips Nepali girls and young women with leadership skills, education, and knowledge to reject early forced marriage, domestic violence, sexual violence, and trafficking. And because that sometimes isn’t enough, Her Turn’s Girl Support Committees also collaborate with schools, NGOs, and local governments to advocate on behalf of girls like Sushila. Mentors work with cohorts of girls in local schools to teach sexual and reproductive health as well as physical and emotional safety. This year, a grant from The MATCH Fund will support Her Turn in encouraging girls to go back to school and meeting their safety needs in the post-earthquake context, including workshops on protection from violence and psychosocial support to process the trauma they have been through.

    Her Turn
    Her Turn (Nepal)
  • LAW AND ADVOCACY FOR WOMEN (LAW) (Uganda)

    LAW Uganda

    Even though practicing female genital mutilation (FGM) could result in imprisonment for up to 10 years, Ugandan anti-FGM laws are rarely enforced. In fact, rates of FGM have recently increased in some regions. Tragically, reporting FGM is so costly and inconvenient that many girls stay silent before and after their clitoris is removed with a razor.

    Law and Advocacy for Women Uganda (LAW Uganda) strives to change this reality by drawing attention to Ugandan practices that discriminate against women and by advocating for the enforcement of existing anti-FGM laws. LAW Uganda trains local women to be paralegals to promote legal and local FGM policing at the community level. These paralegals apply both their knowledge of formal law and their familiarity with the local customs to navigate the unique social and religious context of each community.

    Ultimately, LAW Uganda’s work encourages Ugandans to report cases of FGM, and a grant from The MATCH Fund supports the intelligence gathering, investigation, and prosecution of these acts.

    LAW Uganda
    LAW AND ADVOCACY FOR WOMEN (LAW) (Uganda)
  • RAPE CRISIS CAPE TOWN TRUST (South Africa)

    Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust

    For nearly forty years, Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, has been improving the services available to survivors of sexual violence – like counseling and legal support. They work with government partners and community groups to provide training and actively advocate for legal reform.

    Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust believes firmly in the importance of including youth in their work to prevent high rates of violence against women for future generations. Through their Peer Educators program, young high school-aged women are trained to run educational projects in their schools aimed to raise awareness about rape. These peer educators are also provided with training to support survivors of sexual violence at their school, supervised in their efforts by experienced Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust volunteers.

    Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust also engages youth through their week-long Birds and Bees Camp. The young men and women attending these camps are encouraged to discuss issues relating to sexual violence, such as relationships, drug use, sex, sexuality and gender. Using dialogue, arts and crafts, and music, the camp provides spaces for young men and women to work both separately and together. These programs break down the preconceived notion in South Africa that sexual violence is an “adult issue” and have become models for other organizations working to prevent sexual violence.

    Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust also actively includes parents and teachers within their youth programs to ensure that there is broader community support. They position youth as leaders in their communities and challenge them to rethink entrenched societal perceptions of violence, masculinity, femininity and gender.

    Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust
    RAPE CRISIS CAPE TOWN TRUST (South Africa)
  • STUDIOMOBILE – ACCENT ON ACTION (Georgia)

    StudioMobile

    StudioMobile – Accent on Action, a feminist media organization, harnesses Georgian’s favorite source of information – television – to achieve social change for some of the most marginalized groups of women (including lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) persons, ethnic minorities and women with disabilities). Founded in 1999, they work to advance women’s human rights in Georgia through the development of documentaries and other media products.

    From mobile education for rural Georgians to feminist television and film making, StudioMobile is working to counter stereotypical, sexist, discriminatory and homophobic representations that have saturated mainstream media in the country.

    Their current project focuses on LBT communities in Georgia, some of the most marginalized people in the country, who are shunned by religious fundamentalists and not permitted to participate in many political processes. Through the production of a documentary, StudioMobile will raise awareness and provide a valuable education tool – translated into four different languages – for other organizations working on LBT rights. StudioMobile’s programming will shed light on the challenges faced by LBT persons while advocating for deep systemic change.

    StudioMobile
    STUDIOMOBILE – ACCENT ON ACTION (Georgia)
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