This month’s photo is one that we love so much that we can’t stop smiling while sharing it with you! FRIDA was one of the participants at the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) Conference in San Francisco where organizations and funding institutions from all over the world gathered together to discuss and share their ideas on funding, grantmaking, resource mobilization and philanthropy. The picture above showcases some of the publications by participants, including three by FRIDA:
1) Our annual report 2014-15;
2) Our special impact report on early marriage and;
3) Our first-ever grantmaking report.
Woot! Woot! 🙂
Pic credit: Nevin Öztop
The year 2015 was an exciting and important one. With our staff and our advisory committee growing, FRIDA is proud to have, for the first time, its Transitional Board of Directors!
In the last five years of its existence (yes! FRIDA turned five recently!), FRIDA has grown rapidly and shown massive transformations. Drawing on the wisdoms and support of established organizations, FRIDA was incubated in partnership with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development and the Central American Women’s Fund, while also housed as a Collective Action Fund of the Tides Foundation. In this hybrid structure, FRIDA has successfully run four participatory grantmaking cycles and awarded almost $800,000 USD to over 70 groups of young feminists in over 60 countries.
These achievements have demanded significant growth and maturity in FRIDA’s programs, operations, and administration. And we realised that it is now time for FRIDA to spread her own wings and set up as an independent institution. The formation of the Board of Directors is an essential step in this process, to ensure FRIDA will always have the strategic direction, necessary resources, and financial oversight to fulfill its mission and uphold its core values.
While deciding to set up a Board was fairly straightforward – deciding who should be on it and how the selection process should be organized so that it is truly aligned to FRIDA values was much harder! In consultation with our grantee partners, advisors, and donors, it was decided that the Board of the young feminist fund must honor its intergenerational beginnings and act as an example for social justice movements everywhere. FRIDA’s Board is made up of diverse young people from around the world under 35 years old, with support of two multigenerational advisors that can be any age.
Because of the nature of the tasks our first Board needed to immediately fulfill, we focused our first selection process based on candidate’s’ familiarity with FRIDA and a special skill set. We drew primarily on our own Advisory Committee and close partners. However, we are committed to creating a more open and participatory nomination and election process for the recruitment of new Board members in 2016.
So without further ado, we are pleased to introduce to you our Board!
Click here to read more about these fierce feminists who are now an integral part of the FRIDA family!
Forced marriage is, unfortunately, a grave reality in many communities around the world. It has become a social phenomenon and a common practise in several developing countries, and is often a result of cultural, religious and even economic reasons that disproportionately affects girls and women.
As forced marriages are often unofficial and undocumented, specific and reliable statistics on forced marriage are difficult to come by. But it is heartening to see groups and collectives relentlessly working to end this human rights violation. In the 2015/16 grant-making cycle alone, FRIDA received forty-one applications from groups seeking funding to address forced marriage in their communities.
As part of a new ongoing series, we are proud to share with you this report on what five of our grantee groups have been able to achieve in their work to eliminate the practice of forced marriage.
Click here to download and read the report.
From theater in Romania to radio in Nepal, these groups have helped young women and girls break a silence in their communities to share their feelings, concerns, and dreams about their own life choices. Meanwhile in Burkina Faso, Malawi, and Pakistan, groups are supporting married girls to remain or return to school, while working with local leaders to enact fines and support advocacy on ending forced and early marriage.
We share this report with much pride and gratefulness with you because we know that the hard work of young feminist groups cannot be strengthened without the consistent support of passionate donors.
We encourage you to consider giving to the young feminist movement. Donate to FRIDA
We are super excited and thrilled to share the results of our fourth grant cycle!#FRIDACycle2015 was our biggest grant cycle yet with proposals pouring in from young feminist groups from all over the Global South region. We received over 900 applications in seven languages (English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese and Russian) from over 100 countries!
We are incredibly thankful to everyone from the FRIDA family who helped make this year’s grant cycle possible: advisors, staff, volunteers, translators, references, donors and all the young feminist activists who applied whose work inspires us.
Together with our advisory committee and our staff, we shortlisted a total of 291 applications that fit our funding criteria. In keeping with our participatory grantmaking model, shortlisted applicants voted for what they thought were the best proposals from their respective regions.
Based on the proposals that received maximum votes, we are proud to award new grants to 38 groups! In addition, we renewed 33 of our current partners, making a total of 71 groups supported by FRIDA!
Click here to read more about these inspiring young groups who are working towards gender equality in their own unique ways: ranging from art, theatre, poetry, coding, sewing and more!
We hope you enjoy reading more about these fierce feminist groups as much as we did. And we encourage you to show your support. Tell us who you liked. Share with your friends and peers about the group that inspired you the most. Donate and be a part of this funding movement so that more groups can be supported in the years to come!
Team FRIDA – Ruby, Jovana, Boikanyo, Monika, Nevin, Deepa, + Devi
We’ve always been proud of the core element that shapes our funding model: participatory grantmaking. A process that puts decision-making in the hands of young feminists themselves, who, we believe, are the best experts of their own realities.
In the last five years, we’ve grown phenomenally, reaching out to as many emerging groups as possible in varied and diverse countries of the Global South. And after successfully completing three grantmaking cycles, it is a time for us to measure, gauge and evaluate our impact and effectiveness in reaching out to young feminist groups.
We asked ourselves: What have we learned in our grantmaking journey so far? What are some of the mistakes we made? What are some of our accomplishments? What are our key takeaways?
With the help of our friends at The Lafayette Practice along with our advisors and grantee partners, we present to you, our very first grantmaking report.
Click here to download and read the report
We’ve come a long way, with the support and encouragement of so many wonderful people like you! And we promise you that this is just the beginning of much celebration and self-reflection. Don’t forget to share your thoughts on this with us. Alternatively, you can also read the report online here.
We’ve dedicated this report to all the young and not-so-young feminist activists who have been a part of our grantmaking model over the years and have shared their experience, innovation and creativity, trusting us to make the process more just, transparent and meaningful.