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The Indigenous Women's Flow Fund (IWFF) is an Indigenous-led grantmaking program that nourishes community-sourced initiatives and offers solutions and alternatives to systems in crisis. Grounded in trust-based philanthropic approaches, IWFF brings together five Indigenous women from across the United States, for a three-year period, to be decision-makers over grantmaking dollars and shape the program according to their vision.
Fond du Lac Area Women's Fund;
This report is based on the responses of 1,050 women from the northeast region of Wisconsin that lived, worked, and parented through the COVID-19 global pandemic. This document summarizes data and analysis from a survey that covers multiple themes (e.g., employment, family, schooling, violence, mental health, etc.) as well as multiple demographic measures. The findings speak to the challenges faced by many during the pandemic, but our focus is to understand the unique challenges faced by women in Northeast Wisconsin. The goal of the following sections is to provide a narrative analysis that establishes broad themes and patterns in the data. A supplementary dashboard tool will allow for closer inspection of each survey item and analysis by discrete categories (e.g., age, county, income level, and more).
Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls (CCWG);
Covid-19 has revealed the inequities and injustice that perpetuate the systems in our state and in our larger society. As advocates for women and girls, we knew that systems of sexism and racism already disadvantaged women and girls and we braced ourselves for how the economic and health crisis would further harm them. This report documents the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on women and girls, and particularly on women and girls of color. We intend this vital information to inform decisions in the future that can direct resources to women and girls. We urge policymakers, government officials, philanthropists, nonprofit service providers, corporations and our fellow community members to use this information to create equity through relief and recovery efforts.
This report presents a description of the women and children served by Women's Recovery Services programs and outcomes for families during the third year of the five-year grant.
National Institute on Retirement Security;
While most Americans are struggling to save for retirement, women face even higher hurdles, largely stemming from the gender pay gap that eventually becomes a retirement wealth gap. Older women receive about 80 percent of the retirement income older men receive, a disparity that mirrors the gender pay gap."Still Shortchanged: An Update on Women's Retirement Preparedness" finds that median household income for women aged 65 and older in 2016 was $47,244 or 83 percent of median household income for men, which as at $57,144. The research also finds that caregiving, especially spousal caregiving, has a more detrimental economic impact on women, while divorce makes retirement more difficult for women. This report details the inequalities in retirement savings between men and women, examines the sources of income for men and women in retirement and the ways in which they differ, and considers specific factors that are more likely to negatively impact women, such as divorce and caregiving responsibilities. The analysis was developed using data from the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), a household-based survey featuring a nationally representative sample interviewed over a multi-year period.Click "Download" to access this resource.
Gender equality figures as the fifth goal in the list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiated by the United Nations. Women's empowerment thus remains central to gender mainstreaming as well as economic, social, environmental and political development. Dasarathi views women's empowerment in two ways – the 'general and specific'. In the 'general sense' it is the process of accessing 'opportunities' and 'freedom' to become 'self-dependent'. In the 'specific sense' it refers to 'enhancing their position in the power structure of society'. Thus, control over economic resources, improved social status and political participation, along with control over their own lives 'enables them to move from the periphery to the centre stage' (Bhuyan, Dasarathi: Empowerment of Indian Women: A Challenge of 21st Century. Orissa Review, January – 2006).EdelGive Foundation through its different women empowerment and livelihood programmes has realised that entrepreneurship enables multiple positive outcomes for women themselves, families and the nation. These experiences suggest that Women Entrepreneurship develops women's capabilities to access economic opportunities, nurture their decision-making abilities and taking control over financial and nonfinancial resources.In order to develop further insights and data points about the pathway of entrepreneurship for young women from semi-urban and rural areas, EdelGive has initiated a national level landscape study covering Women Entrepreneurs (WEs) from different states in India. The study is expected to provide a comprehensive view of the challenges with respect to women's access and opportunities to resources for enterprise development and sustenance.
The majority of women around the world work in low-paid positions, the informal economy, or in agriculture jobs with few protections. These are the sectors that are being worst hit by the economic impacts of COVID-19, and as the crisis drags on and worsens across the Global South, millions will be left without work, and in poverty.740 million women work in the informal sector, which has been worst hit by the economic fall out of the coronavirus. Furthermore women are less likely to benefit from recovery and stabilisation measures, as gender and social norms prohibit access to economic opportunities and financial resources.This study reveals how the global pandemic is having a real and immediate economic impact on women in the developing world. Here, 45 million women work in the garment industry, and face the loss of their sole income; while nearly 44 million female domestic workers across the world, and the tens of millions of poor rural women reliant on farming, can no longer access fields and livelihoods.
West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI);
The indispensable role of women in West African societies, especially their participation in economic and sociopolitical activities, has been a subject of interest among varying groups including governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), and individuals worldwide (AbdulFatawu, 2014). Over the years, discrete stakeholders have dedicated effort, shown great compassion, and commitment through the development of feminist policies, and the ratification of varied international protocols to promulgate and protect the right of women and girls. Fundamentally, ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but it is also crucial for inclusive empowerment and fostering a sustainable future.Firstly, if women's empowerment is geared to deconstruct the predominant African patriarchy system that limits women's efforts to attain better livelihood, how do we make sure that our efforts do not result in the establishment of a matriarchy system? Furthermore, what would be the ultimate impact of persistent isolation of men by women in fostering women's empowerment agendas in West Africa? It goes further to proffer feasible ways by which key stakeholders can reposition themselves to realise an inclusive women's empowerment engagement as a means to an end. This research argues that women-led organisations and women's movements in West Africa can attain their objectives by empowering the male gender in the process, even when priorities geared towards the empowerment of women and the girl child remain at the epicentre of their mission and actions.Read the full publication here.
Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF);
"Women & Philanthropy: Inspiring Women, Inspired Giving" is the first contemporary report into women and philanthropy in the UK. It highlights, for the first time, the growing involvement and influence of women in major philanthropy today. This trend is significant for everyone with an interest in promoting a culture of giving in the UK, and this report ought to spur on further research into this important area. Leading off the report, a Philanthropy UK survey of advisors to high-net-worth individuals revealed that, amongst other findings, women, like many male philanthropists, take a strategic approach to their philanthropy, and that they often seek a deeper level of engagement and connections with the causes they support. The report also look at the history of women's philanthropy in the UK, and offer a global perspective, with high-level overviews of women and philanthropy in seven countries.
IUPUI Women's Philanthropy Institute;
This study examines, in a comprehensive and quantitative manner, the impact of women's fund and foundation donors on women's and girls' causes.This research can beneft donors—especially those who give to women and girls, or who are interested in doing so—as well as fundraisers and other nonprofit leaders who seek to propel social change and work with gender-based issues.
Women for Women International;
Since 1993, Women for Women International has served more than 479,000 marginalised women affected by conflict. Through our yearlong programme marginalised women are supported to: earn and save money; influence decisions; improve their well-being; and connect to networks for support. We see promising results in our monitoring and evaluation efforts.Based on our evidence and complemented by global studies, we highlight four key, interlinked components that are necessary for effectively supporting women's economic empowerment in conflict:1. Work with men to address discriminatory gender norms. All members of society suffer from patriarchal attitudes and have a role to play in promoting gender equality – these are not just "women's issues".2. Holistic and integrated programming. Women's needs and experiences in conflict are complex and interlinked. Solely economic interventions alone have not proven to yield long-term benefits.3. Build women's economic knowledge and skills. This is vital to supporting them to build agency and influence decisions, increase their income and increase their resilience to economic shocks.4. Informal and formal support networks. In the absence of government and financial services, networks are key to supporting women to access financial support, particularly for savings and income.In conclusion, this paper makes five recommendations for international governments and donors to effectively deliver on international commitments and support marginalised women's economic empowerment in conflict-affected contexts:1. Urgently increase funding for women's rights organisations.2. Support economic empowerment programmes that include men in their programme design.3. Target the most marginalised women.4. Support holistic and integrated programming.5. Listen to the needs of marginalised women and actively include them in the design, implementation and review of economic empowerment programmes.
Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University;
Women Give 2012 focuses on the effect of age and gender on charitable giving, with a spotlight on giving by Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) and older Americans. The new report is the third in a series of research reports by the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University that offers deeper insights as to how gender differences affect philanthropy.The Women Give studies complement a growing body of research that affirms women's growing importance as donors in the nonprofit sector. They also benefit decision-makers and fundraisers seeking to expand their donor base and attract more volunteers by providing key insights to inform their strategic efforts to more deeply engage women.