Leading from the South grants!

The first call for applications for the Leading from the South programme has been concluded successfully! SAWF is thrilled to be working with 16 fierce women's organisations undertaking ground-breaking work on issues such as labour rights, LBTIQ rights, sex workers' rights, indigenous women's rights, rights of women with disabilities among others. A big thank you to all the groups working on women's human rights in the region who applied during this call! 

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Leading from the South is a special fund created to resource women’s rights activism in the global South (over four years), initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It supports activism devised, implemented, and led by women’s rights organisations in the global South. The fund is being implemented by four women’s funds: Three regional Funds - African Women’s Development Fund (Africa and the Middle East), Fondo Mujeres del Sur (Latin America and the Caribbean) and South Asia Women Fund (Asia); and one global fund AYNI – the Indigenous Women’s Fund. 

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SAWF Call for Applications (2017-18) under the Strengthening South Asian Feminist Movements programme is now closed!  

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Leading from the South Programme Overview


Tabassum Rani, SAWF Legal Fellow, Pakistan

“The SAWF Legal Fellowship has strengthened my resolve to work for women’s rights issues in Pakistan. In my first year, I have learnt a lot about access to justice to women in different countries and this will help me reflect better on my work as I move forward.“