WE ENVISION A WORLD WHERE WOMEN LIVE THEIR
LIVES FREE FROM VIOLENCE AND EQUAL HUMAN RIGHTS
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We envision a world where women have the rights, capacity and opportunity to live their lives free from violence and enjoy their full and equal human rights. We aim to achieve this ambitious goal by addressing violence against women and supporting movement building.
We believe that strong women’s movements are key to creating and sustaining social, cultural and political change. When women are empowered – individually and collectively – they are equipped to challenge patriarchal norms, tackle the root causes of inequality and prevent and respond to violence. Therefore, we invest in the people, organisations and networks that build these movements.
Katharina Samara-Wickrama is the new director for our Issues Affecting Women Programme. In this video she talks about the grant-making strategy of the programme.
The Issues Affecting Women Programme provides primarily core support grants and capacity development support to organisations worldwide. We also connect people, networks and organisations. This ensures that women are visible, able to exercise their influence and contribute to making systemic change. We also engage with other donors and philanthropic actors to leverage more and better funding to advance women’s rights around the world.
We believe that movement building is key to long-lasting change. To this end, we support organisations that:
We also support organisations that enable women who have experienced violence to access their rights and rebuild their lives. Our partners provide a range of services that empower women to recover from the trauma of violence. They also seek to reform laws and policies and change norms to prevent violence from taking place. To this end, we support organisations which address physical, psychological and sexual violence against women:
- in the home – (domestic violence);
- at work and in migration – (trafficking and exploitation); and
- in situations of crisis.
OUR FUNDING PRINCIPLES
We support women’s organisations and groups that:
In 2017 the Issues Affecting Women Programme made 29 grants totalling USD 18.20 million.
WHERE WE FUND
We provide funding to programmes in the Balkans, Brazil, Central America, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. We also fund in Moldova, Bulgaria, the North Caucasus and (Jharkhand and West Bengal) India. The movement-building pillar of the programme has a broader geographic focus.
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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.