GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN
The Global Fund for Women was founded by three ordinary but bold women from Palo Alto, California who dreamed of creating a different way to connect people and ideas around the globe: Anne Firth Murray, Founding President, Frances Kissling and Laura Lederer. They were convinced that women’s human rights and dignity were essential to the advancement of global agendas for social, economic, and political change. They believed that by putting resources into the hands of grassroots women leaders, women would change the world. Frustrated by traditional philanthropy’s lack of interest in funding women’s groups and human rights, these three women founded the Global Fund for Women—and made the first contributions.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The mission of Counterpart International is to empower people to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions.
The U.S. Ambassador's Small Grants Program to Support Gender Equality (ASGP) was launched in July 2009, to provide institutional capacity development and advocacy support to women-focused Afghan civil society organizations (CSOs) via grants in order to improve gender equality and to specifically help women secure opportunities and advocate for themselves. ASGP works closely with the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs and Afghan CSOs in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. The goal of ASGP is to improve the status and quality of life of Afghan women and girls by strengthening the capacity of women-focused CSOs to contribute to the social, economic, and political development of women.