The Fund for Gender Equality’s high-impact programmes include one linking rural, marginalized women to mobile technology. They use it to connect with local government representatives and obtain better services—the process has so far backed the processing of 7,000 claims for public benefits, among other achievements. (Photo: Jayshree Joshi for Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan [KMVS].)

Photo: Jayshree Joshi for Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS)

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality

The Fund for Gender Equality is UN Women’s leading global grant-making mechanism dedicated to women’s political and economic empowerment. It provides financial and technical support to high-impact programmes led by civil society organizations committed to providing services and upholding the rights of women and girls around the world, especially those in the most excluded and marginalized communities.

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.

Gender equality is happening now

We started seeing the results of our work when some beneficiaries began creating their own projects (…) and became local leaders, setting an example for other women.

Safaa’ Al-Ali, Amel Association, an FGE grantee, Lebanon





total value of
active grants in
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2014 direct