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Review for Global Fund for Women, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Global Fund for Women for many years has been helping women in my part of the world i.e. Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. Their activity is deeply valued by women in such countries as Poland, Ukraine or Georgia as Global Fund is supporting feminist initiatives, also those not formally registered and those acting on a grass-root level. They were working with women in our region when we were in a transition period after the fall of totalitarian regimes and also now when because of the economic crisis only the biggest organizations are able to meet the requirements of the European funding. An example of a project funded by the Global Fund is South Baltic - Violence Free Zone which allowed to create better support for women victims of domestic violence in our region. The process of granting the funds is very open and transparent and I have often heard that the Global Fund is more a group of friends for the women's groups than a founder.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observing the effects of the GFW funding I can see how many organizations could survive, develop new capacities or travel to learn new skills and to build networks. The GFW is a true feminist funder which really cares about women and is a partner not a beurocratic distributor of grants.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funds to distribute!

Role:  Advisor & I work as a director of the Network of East-West Women.