María del Carmen Cáceres, centre, is a construction worker who heads the Association of Women Builders in Bolivia. Through assistance from the Fund for Gender Equality, she has become a tireless advocate for women’s rights in the country’s second largest economic sector. Photo: Red Habitat/Sofia Bensadon.

María del Carmen Cáceres, centre, is a construction worker who heads the Association of Women Builders in Bolivia. Through assistance from the Fund for Gender Equality, she has become a tireless advocate for women’s rights in the country’s second largest economic sector. Photo: Red Habitat/Sofia Bensadon.

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality

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As a global grant-making facility, the Fund for Gender Equality backs the economic and political empowerment of women around the world. It finances high-impact initiatives by women-led organizations that deliver concrete results, especially for the most marginalized women and girls. In 2016, the Fund disbursed USD 4.4 million to 35 active projects, 25 of which are new grantees engaging in localizing 11 of the global goals, with a target of more than half a million beneficiaries by 2019. Through grantees’ catalytic work, the Fund reaches the most marginalized women, such as those in rural areas and indigenous communities, women living with HIV/AIDS and/or disabilities and domestic workers.

María del Carmen Cáceres calls herself “a woman in the process of reconstruction.” She is the Secretary-General of the Association of Women Builders in Bolivia and a survivor of domestic violence. Driven by the need to pay for her daughter’s medical expenses, she sacrificed her career as a nurse to enter the better-paid building industry.  She has found hope and motivation in her new job, made possible through training offered by Red Hábitat, a grantee of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality.

“In painting and construction, I have found a way to express what I repressed for many years. I identify with my profession because I believe the same way damaged ceramic can be repaired, people’s lives can be fixed too. Now I know I can do everything I want to,” she says.

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We have been monitoring projects for a long time. In fact, we have been awarded as one the global best practices in implementing migration and development initiatives. Despite those awards, [thanks to this FGE training] it is the first time we’re really understanding the science behind project management.

Atikha (Philippines), FGE’s first global grantee convening, 2016

 
For the full list of grantees, please visit unwomen.org/fge.

FUND FOR GENDER EQUALITY

35

ongoing
projects

11

total value of
active grants in
millions of USD

50,700

direct
beneficiaries