The Fund for Gender Equality is a grant-making mechanism within UN Women. Launched through a visionary contribution of US$ 65 million by the Government of Spain in 2009, the Fund has now consolidated itself as a multi-donor mechanism, with an increasing number and diversity of contributors from Governments, the private sector and individual donors. Today, the Fund constitutes one of the world’s largest grant-making funds advancing the cause of gender equality and women’s empowerment globally.
The Fund provides grants on a competitive basis within the following thematic areas:
Women’s economic empowerment – to increase women’s access to and control over decision-making, land, technology, credit, livelihoods and other means of production and social protection.
Women’s political empowerment – to support women in taking on leadership roles and participating more fully in political processes and in all spheres of public life. Young women leaders are also a particular focus.
Guided by UN Women’s mandate, the Fund provides technical and financial support to high-impact, innovative initiatives from women-led civil society organizations that demonstrate concrete results on the ground, especially for women in situations of marginalization.
The Fund prioritizes programmes that:
Demonstrate a special emphasis on engaging and partnering with marginalized women,
Illustrate the capacity to achieve tangible impact and results in the lives of women and girls,
Prioritize participatory approaches.
The Fund will also look at added-value elements such as:
Initiatives to monitor SDG implementation locally,