Giving Compass' Take:
- As women and girls' issues continue to go underfunded, Women Moving Millions is committed to fortifying gender equality efforts by continuing investment in women and girls for the long-term.
- What are the potential future outcomes of investing in gender equality now? Are you ready to join a collaborative effort to address gender equality issues?
- Read this practical donor guide to gender equality.
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Historically, women and girls have largely been largely overlooked by donors, with only 1.6 percent of Americans' charitable giving directed their way. And the risk for women and girls will grow exponentially as women's unemployment hits double digits for the first time since the Great Recession and critical programs are dismantled due to lack of funds.
At Women Moving Millions, we prioritize investment in women and girls because we know, and research has shown, that it is the most effective way to drive impact for everyone. We also recognize that we have a shared responsibility to ensure that communities which have borne the brunt of the pandemic have the resources they need to recover, and that the decisions we make today will impact what happens tomorrow — and for years to come.
Trust-based investment in grassroots organizations led by women who are proximate to the issues rooted in gender discrimination is the only long-term, sustainable answer to centuries of patriarchy and white privilege. In the weeks and months ahead, philanthropy has an obligation to stay the course and even double down in support of women's groups at risk of losing their funding.
Social change does not happen overnight. In this moment of uncertainty, opting out or scaling back is not an option. It is time for all of us to unite in shared purpose to protect women from violence and empower them as agents of change.
Read the full article about strengthening gender equality by S. Mona Sinha at Philanthropy News Digest.