Past Partners

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.

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.