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.
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.
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.
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.