• Monday, November 30, 2015
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    Global Fund for Women Releases “Top 10 Wins for Women’s Movements”

    San Francisco, CA -  On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the Global Fund for Women (GFW) looks back over the past year and celebrates extraordinary victories won by its grantee partners in “Top 10 Wins for Women’s Movements.”

    From progressive new national and international legislation to mass mobilizations for peace, the “Top 10” stories showcase the creative and bold approaches women’s groups have used and also reflects the growing power and sophistication of the global women’s movements. “In spite of the backlash and resistance that such movements often face,” says Charlotte Bunch, Global Fund Board Member and Professor at Rutgers, “These victories are a valuable reminder that women are still an important force in the world making advances for social change and human rights.

    Topping the list is the forthcoming International Labor Organization (ILO) standards that will protect tens of millions of domestic workers, most of whom are women and migrants. The ILO process was initiated after countless hours of organizing by domestic workers across the globe under highly restrictive working conditions and with limited infrastructure.

    Women’s movements are also celebrating the first successful use of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) by women in the Philippines who used the UN convention to appeal a domestic rape case. Women’s groups also used the European Human Rights Court to overturn Ireland’s abortion ban. Also making the list is Nigerian women’s success in defeating the regressive “Nudity Bill”. In each of these victories, Global Fund grantees were at the forefront of the fight for women’s right, justice and equality.  Last but not least, the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt made the list because of their promising impact on the lives of women and people of the region, and for inspiring social justice movements worldwide.

    For more information about the Top Ten Wins or to schedule interviews, please contact Deborah Holmes, dholmes@globalfundforwomen.org or 415.248.4849.

    About the Global Fund for Women

    The Global Fund for Women is the largest publicly supported grantmaking foundation that advances human rights by investing in women-led organizations worldwide. Our international network of supporters mobilizes financial resources to support women’s contributions to social justice, equality and peace. Since 1987, the Global Fund has awarded over $82 in grants to more than 4,000 groups in 170 countries.

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