Sep 23, 2016 | Initiatives and Events

At the end of 2010, after several meetings organized and supported by the Association of Women’s Rights in Development, the Central American Women’s Fund, and the Global Fund for Women, Amina Doherty was hired as FRIDA’s founding Coordinator.

It is with this date in mind that we are celebrating our fifth birthday!

“She couldn’t keep her colors inside the lines so she drew new ones”

By the end of 2015, FRIDA will have awarded almost $800,000 to over 70 groups of young feminists in over 60 countries.  We remain the only youth-led fund in the world dedicated exclusively to mobilizing and providing diverse resources for young feminists. It‘s also the only youth-led fund that has a participatory grantmaking model that ensures young feminist activists who apply for grants decide together who will receive funding – the first application of this model in a global context.

In partnership with The Fearless Collective, we travelled the world asking the young feminist community: “What is FRIDA?” Who are we? What do we do? Why do we need to do what we are doing? We share with you some responses, stories and inspiring words. Check out this short video that captures FRIDA’s spirit in all its beauty. We thank The Fearless Collective Team for capturing FRIDA’s essence so beautifully. And we look forward to many more years of supporting and strengthening young feminist activism together! #FRIDAFlies 


Through every grant cycle and year we spend with our grantee partners, we have the honor of seeing the incredible passion, creativity, and dedication of young feminist activists who are both holding and breaking ground around the most pressing issues of our time. From sexual violence to racial inequality, identity politics to access to safe abortion, young feminist activists are using tried and tested strategies, as well as new technologies, art, and organizing techniques. We’ll be using the theme of “Coloring Outside the Lines” to illustrate the amazing impact of the young feminist movement.

Like our grantmaking model, we want our birthday celebrations to be as participatory as it can be. We’re excited to use this opportunity to appreciate everyone who helped bring FRIDA to where it is today, celebrate with them on what young feminists have been able to achieve, and engage them in taking FRIDA to where it wants to go in the future. Click here to learn more about our FearlesslyFRIDA campaign that seeks to use art and activism to highlight the work and voice of youngfem groups.