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Ending Gender Violence

Gender violence, including physical and sexual abuse, is widely used to intimidate, oppress, silence and subjugate girls, women, disabled and LGBTIQ people across the globe. It devastates those who are targeted and destroys the social fabric of families, communities and societies.

In short, gender violence is one of the most significant barriers to women, girls and LGBTIQ people accessing their human rights.

Together with our partners, we help people to heal from gender violence and become powerful advocates to end it. We build clinics and counseling centers. We equip women with tools to prevent abuse in war and disaster. And every day, we affirm that gender violence doesn’t have to be a fact of life.

How We Work

Grantmaking

We invest in the experience and leadership of women, girls and LGBTIQ people. We fund work that provides immediate protection and care and that shifts mindsets around gender violence.

Capacity Building

We provide our partners and allies with training, tools and infrastructure to mobilize at the local and international levels and to take concrete steps to end gender violence.

Legal Advocacy

We facilitate our partners' efforts to document gender violence, and we enable them to present their demands before relevant decision-makers and change laws and policies.

How do we know when we've succeeded?
  • Our partners' work has transformed harmful social norms, attitudes and cultural practices.

  • Our partners have access to policy spaces from the local to global levels and leverage with decision-makers to change policies.

  • There is increased recognition of women's solutions to end gender violence and understanding that gender violence can be prevented.

  • Violence, stigma and discrimination are reduced.

Highlights of Our Work

Nicaragua: Changing Attitudes of Men and Boys

Wangki Tangni, an Indigenous women's organization, holds workshops for men and boys to discuss strategies to end gender violence and to change behaviors and negative attitudes towards women and girls. One participant shared, “I'm here to learn and to help resolve the situation in the community. We don't want any more violence, and we want to overcome this hand in hand with the women."

Iraq: Mobilizing Communities against Sexual Violence

In communities rebuilding from war and ISIS occupation, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq confronts sexual violence head-on. They reach out to survivors and their families with aid and counseling, seek to change laws that discriminate against women and LGBTIQ people, offer safe passage to people under threat, and operate an underground network of shelters.

Colombia: Counseling and Healing Care

Taller de Vida, a community-based organization, provides care and mentorship to young women and girls who were recruited as child soldiers during Colombia's war. Many were sexually exploited and need support to heal. Taller de Vida offers workshops rooted in music, dance, theater and more to break through silence and stigma. Young survivors come to know that they are not alone, and they gain the confidence to speak out against the abuses they’ve experienced.

Your Support in Action

"I have a voice and I know my rights. It is important for women to know their rights, laws, how the political system operates, and how to defend their rights. As women, we are going to rise up and move forward."
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