Fund for Gender Equality

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.

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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,
  • Emphasize innovation,
  • Prioritize participatory approaches.

The Fund will also look at added-value elements such as:

  • Initiatives to monitor SDG implementation locally,
  • Innovation and ICT for gender equality,
  • Evidence-based interventions,
  • Sustainability,
  • Engaging men and boy