Past Partners

Akina Mama Wa Afrika (AMwA) is a pan-African organization that creates spaces for African women to network, organize, and mobilize around women’s rights. With almost thirty years of experience, they build the leadership capacities of African women, advocate for women’s rights, and influence national and international policies that impact women in the region. They work in areas such as women’s economic justice, violence against women, sexual and reproductive health rights, and women in politics and decision-making.

The MATCH International Women’s Fund is supporting AMwA to build the capacity of community women’s organizations in the Great Lakes Region to engage in mediation and peace building efforts with a strong participation. Women leaders have been traditionally excluded from decision-making in these conflict and post-conflict areas, which results in women’s concerns like gender based violence and sexual and reproductive rights not being taken seriously. Akina Mama Wa Afrika therefore supports these organizations to ensure that women’s unique needs and priorities are incorporated into new laws, policies, and resource allocations during these critical periods of rebuilding.

Over the past 10 years, the Bangladesh Women’s Foundation (BWF) has worked with over 500 grassroots women’s rights organizations, supporting women-led projects that invest in women’s leadership, personal and political discrimination, human rights abuses, and violence.

In Bangladesh, support for victims of sexual violence and projects that enhance survivors’ voices and political participation are chronically underfunded. With a grant secured by The MATCH International Women’s Fund, the BWF engaged in two initiatives that addressed these challenges. The BWF worked with grassroots organizations in providing training to police officers and journalists on issues related to violence against women. The BWF also supported select grantees to host workshops for youth and victims of sexual violence to raise women’s awareness of their rights. Additionally, the BWF supported the capacity-building of young women leaders to increase their political participation and representation.

“Everyone thinks the Pacific Islands are a paradise,” says Pacific WIN’s Pefi Kingi, but issues like human trafficking and violence against Indigenous women are prevalent. Sadly, Indigenous women are rarely consulted in the solutions. So, in February 2014, The MATCH Fund supported Pacific WIN’s 4-day think tank, bringing together Polynesian, Melanesian, Micronesian, and other Pacific Indigenous women. The event was so successful that a 2nd conference was held in March 2015. Out of this conference, the network has grown to include over 100 women leaders. “If [The MATCH Fund] hadn’t supported us at the outset, we couldn’t have come out of the woodwork.”

Women living on or near Sri Lanka’s tea plantations are among the most disempowered and marginalized in the country. Through a joint initiative with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), The MATCH Fund supported women working on tea plantations to receive financial literacy and entrepreneurship support, as well as training to develop their leadership skills. The project also helped women find alternative forms of employment, while supporting those in the tea industry to advance their careers and take their place in leadership and management positions.

WUSC has worked in Sri Lanka for more than 25 years, engaging with the government, private sector, educational institutions, and workers to improve employment opportunities and working conditions for Sri Lankans. Through this initiative WUSC continued to build its capacity to more substantively integrate a women’s rights and gender perspective into its work.

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.

Formerly Women’s Media Watch, WMW Jamaica was formed in 1987 by a small group of women who were deeply concerned about the stereotypical representations of women in media and advertising and the ways in which these were contributing to social inequalities between women and men in Jamaica.

A past partner of The MATCH International Women’s Fund, WMW uses gender media analysis to challenge perceptions in the community. In the past, The MATCH Fund has supported WMW to implement workshops targeted at young women and men on issues including sexuality, self-esteem and violence against women. Over the years, they have demonstrated remarkable success in including men as important actors in challenging inequalities between men and women.

WMW is currently developing an exciting new community space – The Hub – which will serve as a dynamic, multifunctional, inviting and energizing centre for women’s activists and civil society actors. Through The Hub, WMW aims to encourage intergenerational exchange and cross-sectoral dialogue to broaden the reach of the local women’s movement. In addition, The Hub will offer resources to support women-led social enterprise and micro businesses that are typically under-resourced.

The Women and Youth Forum for Sustainable Development (WYFSD) is a community-based organization working in the western region of Ghana. WYSFD’s main goals are to promote the rights of women within rural farming communities and to enhance their economic security. They also raise awareness in women’s rights, especially around gender-based violence, which is rampant in the migrant communities where the organization works.

Support from The MATCH Fund helped WYFSD implement an intensive education program aimed at eliminating violence against women in six migrant communities in the Aowin District. The program established anti-violence committees in each community and hosted education initiatives engaging traditional councils on issues related to violence prevention and reporting.

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Y-Fem seeks to introduce young women aged 16 – 30 to the importance of feminist values. Formed in 2009, they have a strong focus on young women’s leadership, especially within the lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) community, to promote the voice and visibility of young women as active citizens and members of the national Namibian women’s movement. Y-Fem is always developing new and creative ways to organize, bringing young women together through diverse activities like sports, educational workshops and social events. Y-Fem brings out young feminist perspectives within the Namibian women’s movement and emphasizes the importance of peer mentoring in order to strengthen this critical voice.

The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is one of The MATCH Fund’s longest-standing grantees. The MATCH Fund provided seed funding to AWDF in 2001 when it was first founded. Since then, AWDF has grown to fund over 800 women’s organizations in 42 African countries.