In 2014, the Fund disbursed US$7.4 million to 67 active programmes. These involved 79 civil society organizations, and directly impacted the lives of more than 210,000 women. In total, since its 2009 launch, the Fund has awarded US$56.4 million to 96 programmes in 72 countries, reaching over 9.7 million direct beneficiaries.
The 2014 programmes helped 10,400 women access new sources of income and greater control over productive resources. Over 3,150 women became landowners, 6,200 accessed credit or loans, and 10,500 benefitted from social protection measures and services. Training, campaigns and advocacy actions spurred the adoption of 550 new constitutional provisions, laws and policies protecting women’s political and economic rights, and 58,000 women have actively participated in forums to influence policies.
In southern India, three partner organizations—IT for Change, Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan and ANANDI—are connecting rural, socially excluded women to mobile technologies. The women use these to document gaps in public services and call for action from their local representatives. The programme has strengthened links between more than 800 elected women and their constituencies. This has led to the processing of 7,000 claims for public benefits, and the passage of over 100 local government resolutions offering women better access to land, health centres and sanitation facilities, among other services.
The grantee Cotidiano Mujer led a nationwide advocacy campaign in Uruguay around the 2014 elections and the application of a one-time quota calling for women to hold at least 30 per cent of parliamentary seats. The poll resulted in historic gains as the number of female Senators rose from 2 to 9 of 30 seats. The national Cabinet now has the greatest ever portion of female ministers—the share soared from 15 per cent to 40 per cent. UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson’s visit to the country propelled momentum by capturing the attention of political parties, the press and the general public.
The Society for Protection of Nature in Lebanon has used a grant to draw wide attention to the merits of hima, a 1,500-year-old community-based method to sustainably manage natural resources—women play a prominent role in it. Rural women producing traditional handicrafts based on hima now have the first dedicated souk for their products in Lebanon, while BirdLife France plans to feature their wares in its online magazine.