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Ayesha Khan is a Senior Researcher at the Collective for Social Science Research based in Karachi, Pakistan. She has extensive experience in qualitative research design and her work has covered a range of issues, in particular, gender and development, social policy and conflict/refugee issues in the region.

The SAWF grant supported the research of a book documenting and analysing thirty years of history of women's rights movements in Pakistan.

PakistanStrengthening Feminist Voices2014-2015

Dr Shermal Wijewardene is an academic and a women's rights activist in Sri Lanka. Dr. Asha Abeyasekera is a lecturer at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.

This grant supported the workshop on "Doing Gender: Critical Reflections on Working on Gender in Post-War Sri Lanka" for researchers and development practitioners, organised by Dr. Shermal Wijewardene and Dr. Asha Abeyasekera in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The SAWF grant supported the research of a book documenting and analysing thirty years of history of women's rights movements in Pakistan.

Sri LankaStrengthening Feminist Voices2014-2015
Secchasebi Bohumukhi Mohila Samaj­Kalayan Samity (SBMSS) is a women’s organisation established in 1983 in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, and is working on areas of economic and social empowerment and advancement of rights. Their main programmes include women’s empowerment; adolescent as agent of change; disability awareness raising; agriculture/livelihood; and rights and social justice.
This grant supported addressing the issues of child marriage by raising awareness through community radio.
BangladeshStrengthening Feminist Voices2014-2015
Dabindu Collective is an all women non­profit organisation that targets Free Trade Zone (FTZ) women workers as its beneficiary community. It was formed in 1984 and its main activity was a newsletter dealing with the problems and concerns of workers, particularly women factory workers in the Katunayake FTZ area.
This grant supported in moblising and raising awareness among the FTZ women workers, with a focus on Tamil-speaking women workers.
Sri LankaStrengthening Feminist Voices2014-2015
Kantha Shakthi was registered in 1983 and works to promote the rights of women and children in Sri Lanka. Their particular focus is on women’s rights to physical and psychological integrity, and meaningful leadership leading to social change, as well as economic empowerment.
The grant was provided to Kantha Shakthi to support the institutional strengthening of Kantha Shakthi and its partner women’s community-based organisations.
Sri LankaStrengthening Feminist Voices2014-2015
Sahayatri Samaj works with women from the Dalit and other marginalised communities in Dhading district of Nepal. They have conducted campaigns and awareness raising programmes, run an information centre and bring out monthly publications on human rights of women, as well as research in collaboration with WOREC on the Domestic Violence Act.
This grant supported Sahayatri Samaj’s work on providing legal support and awareness to women survivors of violence in their focus district.
NepalStrengthening Feminist Voices2014-2015
Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre (LACC) is a Nepal-based NGO, established in 1986. It provides free legal aid and services for women and children, lobbies for legislative change at a policy level and conducts awareness and training workshops on gender, law and rights including capacity building for young lawyers.
The grant supported LACC’s three-month Clinical Legal Education (CLE) workshop for women law graduates.
NepalStrengthening Feminist Voices2014-2015
Anweshi was established in 1993 in Kerala, with the aim of addressing the issues of women survivors of domestic violence. Over the years, Anweshi has developed a range of comprehensive services to support women survivors of violence, primarily counselling and legal aid.
This grant supported Anweshi in providing legal support and counselling to women survivors of violence in Kerala. It provided institutional and human resource support for Anweshi in providing services, with the expected results being increased access to justice for women survivors and access to a support system of other survivors.
IndiaStrengthening Feminist Voices2014-2015
Mamta Soni is a women’s rights activist from Chitrakoot district, in India, where she has been working for close to two decades on addressing violence against women, with a focus on the rights of Dalit women in rural, poor communities.
This grant was provided to support the exposure visit of 30 Dalit women leaders, working with Mamta Soni, to Lucknow, as well as to review the leadership programme which SAWF has been supporting for three years.
IndiaStrengthening Feminist Voices2014-2015
Special Grant to Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). To support the final meeting of the dual working groups of the CEDAW and CRC committee, which have been working to finalise the common general recommendation on Harmful Practices, prior to its approval and adoption by the two committees.Regional/GlobalStrengthening Feminist Voices2014-2015
Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA), formed in 1998 by women’s rights activists living with various disabilities, has local chapters in 17 districts of Nepal and works with a specific focus on rights of women with disabilities from Dalit and other marginalised communities.

This grant was given to strengthen NDWA as an institution working for the rights of and addressing violations faced by women with disabilities in Nepal.
NepalRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2014-2015
Pourakhi is an organisation of returnee women migrant workers (WMWs), working in 15 districts of Nepal, with the objective to ensure the rights of WMWs in the entire process of foreign labour migration. Pourakhi uses a combination of advocacy, capacity building and economic empowerment training programmes.

The grant was provided to support the strengthening of the women migrant workers’ network and promote the implementation of relevant international legislation in Nepal, particularly in Sunsari, Morang and Jhapa districts, which are among the top ten districts for labour migrants in Nepal.
NepalRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2014-2015
Partners in Population and Development (PPD) is an International Inter-governmental Organisation (IGO) of 26 developing countries working on improvement of universal sexual and reproductive health and rights, family planning, establishment of gender equity and equality, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and securing the rights of marginalised minority and ethnic communities.

The grant was utilised to support the rights of sex workers in collaboration with SWASA.
BangladeshRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2014-2015
Chotanagpur Sanskritik Sangh (CSS) is a well-known community organisation working in Jharkhand on the rights of Dalit and Adivasi community. Led by Sachi Kumari, a women’s rights activist, the group has been focusing on building leadership among young women from marginalised communities and addressing critical issues facing communities in their districts of work.

The grant supported the work on ensuring women’s right to safe and secure mobility in two districts of Jharkhand – Ranchi and Gumla.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2014-2015
Kranti works on the rights of young women and girls from Mumbai’s red light areas, enabling them to become agents of social change. The organisation focuses on enabling the young women to recognise their rights and address the marginalisation and discrimination faced by them.
The grant supported the strengthening of Kranti at an institutional level and the capacity building of its young staff in Mumbai.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2014-2015
In operation since 2010, WRC is a CBO formed by community women’s rights activists in Udayapur district of Nepal. WRC has since been successfully operating one of the only four all women run radios in Nepal called Radio Udayapur.

The grant was provided to support the organisational capacity, and programme and resource mobilisation strategy development of WRC, and its community radio, Radio Udayapur.
NepalYoung Women's Leadership2014-2015
Mitni was established in 2005 by LBT women’s rights activists, and is working for the rights of Sexual and Gender Minorities (lesbian, bisexual and transgender women's issues) in Nepal. The organisation works in Kathmandu, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal) and Makwanpur. Apart from undertaking advocacy and lobbying with the state, Mitni also focuses on building the capacity of young LBT women leaders and provides emergency services such as shelter, security, counseling and legal aid.

This grant supported the ongoing strategies and activities of Mitni, strengthening it as an institution addressing violations faced by the LBT community in Nepal.
NepalYoung Women's Leadership2014-2015
Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) addresses the glaring gender gap in the field of science and technology in India. One of the critical achievements of FAT is the establishment of its technology centre, which is a critical space where young girls, especially from under-privileged backgrounds, can acquire basic computer and internet skills, camera and film-making skills. These classes are also interspersed with workshops on women’s rights, feminism, sexuality and various relevant issues affecting the young girls directly.

The grant was provided to strengthen capacities and to build the leadership of the team at FAT, as well as the select group of young community leaders associated with the organisation.
IndiaYoung Women's Leadership2014-2015
All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) is a forum of Dalit women activists associated with the organisation Swadhikar. AIDMAM seeks to organise and capacitate Dalit women by active community engagement, as well as identify and nurture new women leaders from the community. Their objective is to link local campaigns with global solidarity and devise innovative strategies to end the silence and impunity around the questions related to caste-based violence on women.

The grant was provided to strengthen the voices of young Dalit feminists to challenge caste-based violence and exclusion in India.
IndiaYoung Women's Leadership2014-2015
The Bangladesh Sex Workers Networks is a national platform of 29 orgnisations working for the rights of sex workers and their children. The network was established and is run by women in sex work.

This grant supported capacity building of four member organisations of Bangladesh Sex Workers Network and supported strengthening of the overall ongoing work of the network, which primarily seeks to address violence and harassment faced by the sex workers.
BangladeshSeeding Networks and Collaborations2014-2015
The grant supported the participation of Partners in Law Development, a legal resource group committed to the realisation of social justice and equality for all women, in India’s 4th and 5th periodic review by CEDAW, in July 2014.IndiaSeeding Networks and Collaborations2014-2015
Jharkhand Anti-Trafficking Network (JATN) is a network of 15 organisations based in Jharkhand, India working on challenging the existing anti-trafficking discourse in the State, and promoting the rights of women and girls to move freely and safely.

The grant was provided to JATN to establish the Jharkhand Resource Centre and provide women with access to information that would enable their safe and secure mobility and migration.
IndiaSeeding Networks and Collaborations2014-2015
The grant was provided to Point of View, an organisation working towards amplifying the voices of women and removing barriers to free speech and expression. It partly supported the participation of a contingent of 10 activists working on health, sexuality and disability rights at the first Global Conference on Sexuality and Disability, held in Lisbon, Portugal in May 2014.IndiaSeeding Networks and Collaborations2014-2015
This grant was a collaborative grant along with India Foundation for the Arts to Sampurna Trust to undertake a research project that explores feminist street theatre as an integral part of the Indian women’s movement in the 1980s, with a specific focus on Delhi.IndiaSeeding Networks and Collaborations2014-2015
This grant supported the facilitation of the South Asia Consultation for Beijing +20 Review in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The grant was administered by Women and Media Collective.Sri LankaSeeding Networks and Collaborations2014-2015
Indira Shreesh

First year of Legal Fellowship
NepalAccess to Justice2014-2015
Pooja Khatri

First year of Legal Fellowship
NepalAccess to Justice2014-2015
Zara Tajwar

First year of Legal Fellowship
PakistanAccess to Justice2014-2015
Kaldeen Rimziya

First year of Legal Fellowship
Sri LankaAccess to Justice2014-2015
Safana Gul Begum

First year of Legal Fellowship
Sri LankaAccess to Justice2014-2015
RABTA Organisation for Women Empowerment and Child Protection is a non-governmental humanitarian organisation, working in the rural areas of Peshawar, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with a mission to address the severe rights violations and social injustices faced by vulnerable populations such as women, children and transgender people in Peshawar.

RABTA received this grant to increase awareness and access to benefits and employment for the transgender community in Peshawar.
PakistanStrengthening Feminist Voices2015-2016
Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (SAWERA) is a women-led NGO, working on the social and economic development of women and children since 2004. SAWERA works in Kyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), with a focus on Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA). Their programmatic focus areas are – education, livelihood, health, peace and development, and disaster risk reduction.

This grant was provided to SAWERA to create women-friendly spaces for IDP women in KPK, and to assist them in accessing government services.
PakistanStrengthening Feminist Voices2015-2016
Anita Nayar is the Founder and Director of Regions Refocus 2015, working on developing regional and feminist solidarities for justice through policy dialogue between civil society, governments, sub-regional alliances, and the UN.

This grant supported Ms Nayar’s participation in a regional workshop – ‘South Asia Workshop on Financing for Development (FfD)’.
IndiaStrengthening Feminist Voices2015-2016
Ferduous Ara Rumee is the Assistant Director of Gender and Training at the Coastal Association for Social Transformation (COAST) Trust, which works on areas of economic and social justice, income generation, social mobilisation and advocacy. She is also the Coordinator of Policy Research and Campaign in EquityBD, which is an alliance of activists, NGOs and CSOs in Bangladesh, working on issues of trade and economic justice, human rights, democracy, climate change and disaster risk reduction among others.

This grant supported Ms Rumee’s participation in a regional workshop – ‘South Asia Workshop on Financing for Development (FfD)’.
BangladeshStrengthening Feminist Voices2015-2016
Rituparna Borah is a queer feminist activist, trainer and researcher, working on issues of gender, sexuality and young people’s rights for the last 10 years. She is the Executive Director of Nazariya – a queer feminist resource group based in Delhi, and a consultant with Nirantar and VAMP.

She received this grant to support travel costs to attend the second Regional Feminist Forum Meeting in Sri Lanka.
IndiaStrengthening Feminist Voices2015-2016
Dynamic Action Group is a network of 75 organisations working on Dalit rights and the rights of other socially marginalised and excluded communities. The Group is active in 22 districts in Uttar Pradesh.

This grant supported the strengthening of Savitri Bai Phule Dalit Mahila Morcha programme of the Dynamic Action Group through mentorship and capacity building.
IndiaStrengthening Feminist Voices2015-2016
Bishnu Kala Bandhari is the network coordinator of National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD), a network of women human rights defenders and organisations across 75 districts in Nepal.

This grant supported Ms Bhandari’s travel costs for participation and presentation at Commission on the Status of Women, in New York.
NepalStrengthening Feminist Voices2015-2016
National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD) supports the work and security of women human rights defenders in all the 75 districts of Nepal.

This grant supported the ongoing activities of the NAWHRD secretariat, including capacity building of its trainers, organising governance meetings, and the network’s advocacy activities.
NepalStrengthening Feminist Voices2015-2016
IT for Change is an NGO based in Bangalore, working on promoting social justice and gender equality using ICTs. They use a range of strategies including research, policy advocacy and community based- projects, across the thematic areas of education, governance, women's rights and community development.

This grant supported the establishment of a young girls’ collective aimed at ICT-focused, rights-based training.
IndiaStrengthening Feminist Voices2015-2016
Action Against Poverty (AAP) is a registered society in Pakistan, with a focus on socio-economic growth and political empowerment of marginalised and disadvantaged communities. AAP has been working on several activities with women and youth, including literacy and peace building programmes.

This grant was provided to support AAP in skill building and creating human rights awareness among young Dalit women leaders in Multan, Pakistan.
PakistanYoung Women's Leadership2015-2016
Women Action Network for Transformation (WANT) focuses on critical issues faced by women in the Jaffna district. It works on three key areas: economic empowerment of women; enhancing women’s leadership; and women’s rights, including land entitlements.

This grant supported WANT in strengthening grassroots women’s leadership to address sexual and gender-based violence in Kayts, Jaffna.
Sri LankaYoung Women's Leadership2015-2016
The Textiles, Garment and Clothing Workers Union (TGCWU) is working towards addressing the lack of a union for women working in precarious labour conditions in the Biyagama Free Trade Zone (FTZ). These industries include garment and glove factories, and other textile industries.

This grant was provided as a core support to TGCWU to create awareness among women FTZ workers on sexual and reproductive health rights.
Sri LankaYoung Women's Leadership2015-2016
Suriya Women’s Development Centre (SWDC) works on addressing violence against women and promoting more gender just and equal systems and structures for women.

The grant was given to create knowledge and awareness on women’s rights and feminist concerns amongst second-line women leaders in the post-war context, and supporting feminist lawyering at the district level. This project focused on young women from minority communities (Tamil and Muslim) from both the organisation and within the project areas in Suriya, in Batticola district.
Sri LankaYoung Women's Leadership2015-2016
Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) is a women’s group based in New Delhi, focused on promoting the use of technology and feminist thought among young girls.

This grant was a continuation of the previous grant to support FAT’s Young Women’s Leadership programme with Fellowships to three young women from South Delhi urban poor colonies. They were mentored to engage in a programme of leadership, knowledge and skill development within a feminist framework.
IndiaYoung Women's Leadership2015-2016
Minmini Seithihal is a citizens’ initiative, founded and piloted in 2010 as an SMS-based local news service for and by women.

This grant supported Minmini Seithihal as a sustainable SMS-based local news service model for women in the Batticaloa district. The news service collates and disseminates information for women in the district, and is led by a team of young women journalists and editors.
Sri LankaYoung Women's Leadership2015-2016
Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS) was primarily formed as a result of research regarding the sexual and reproductive health needs of the LGBT in Bangladesh in 1996. BSWS is actively linked with the activities addressing national HIV responses and policy formulation with regard to creating an enabling environment ensuring rights, social justice and dignity.

This grant was given to BSWS to support ‘Possibility’ institutionally in raising awareness about LBT community, their rights and addressing violations faced in Bangladesh.
BangladeshYoung Women's Leadership2015-2016
Women Forum for Women in Nepal (WOFOWON) is an NGO working to ensure rights of women working in the informal and entertainment sectors.

Through this grant WOFOWON built on the work of the previous two grants, to strengthen WOFOWON’s institutional capacity, and increase awareness on the rights of women in the entertainment and informal sector.
NepalRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
Community Strength Development Foundation (CSDF) is an NGO, working with marginalised women. Their work is focused on female sex workers, developing their capacities and employing them as outreach workers and peer educators in addressing issues of HIV/AIDS and police harassment in the FSW community, increasing their awareness on reproductive and primary health rights and about basic rights and access to services.

This grant supported CSDF to facilitate and strengthen a national-level network of female sex workers.
Sri LankaRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC) Right to Mobility Network is the Secretariat of the Coalition for Women's Right to Mobility (CWRM).

This grant was given to build on the learning and capacity developed over the year. It supported CWRM in conducting two capacity building trainings in the Central Development Region and Far Western Development Region of Nepal, with a focus on building conceptual clarity on safe migration and understanding of human rights among second line women leaders and community leaders.
NepalRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
Parichiti is a women’s empowerment group, working on promoting the rights of women domestic workers in Kolkata.

The grant was provided to support and strengthen the organisation’s ongoing work on women domestic workers’ rights in Kolkata.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
Chotanagpur Sanskritik Sangh (CSS) is a well-known community organisation working in Jharkhand on the rights of Dalit and Adivasi communities. Missi, the women’s wing of CSS is led by Sachi Kumari, a women’s rights activist and a survivor of child marriage.

This grant supported the capacity development of the CSS staff and women’s collectives on safe migration, strengthening and sensitising village-level committees and providing guidance to potential migrant women, in Ranchi and Gumla districts in Jharkhand.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
Srijan Foundation is the secretariat and coordinator of the Jharkhand Anti-Trafficking Network (JATN). 2015-16 was the second year of their two-year programme for awareness and advocacy on safe migration issues in Jharkhand.

The grant supported JATN to continue processes for the promotion of women’s right to safe and secure mobility in Jharkhand.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
Sangini Mahila Kalyan Samiti (SMKS) is a Bhopal-based women’s organisation, with a core focus to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence in the state. There work includes working with women domestic workers in 40 slums in Bhopal, with an emphasis on strengthening domestic workers’ groups and building awareness on their rights.

The grant provided support to SMKS’s ongoing work on strengthening rights of women domestic workers in Bhopal.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
Society for Labour and Development (SLD) is a Delhi-based labour rights organisation that works on labour rights of workers and marginalised people. The organisation engages in its work through research, collaboration and long-term coalition-building, to develop grassroots models of advocacy and development.

The grant supported SLD’s Nari Shakti Manch (NSM) programme to strengthen and enhance women migrant workers’ leadership capacity in accessing their rights in Delhi and National Capital Region.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) is an informal network of sex worker-led community organisations from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, supported by NGOs
and individuals.

The grant was provided to facilitate expansion of the reach of the Network, build the capacity of board members and other potential leaders, and enable engagement in advocacy efforts for the rights of sex workers.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
Bangladeshi Ovibashi Mohila Sramik Association (BOMSA), formed and led by returnee women migrant workers, has been working exclusively on the issues of women migrant workers (both overseas and returnee).

The grant was given to BOMSA to strengthen the capacities of the community-based peer leaders to engage more effectively with the returnee and potential women migrant workers and engage in policy advocacy for the ratification of C-189.
BangladeshRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
Social Welfare Mandram (SWM) is an NGO working with the migrant women in the estate sector, in Nuwara Eliya district.

The grant supported SWM to facilitate safe and informed migration for women from the estate sector in Nuwara Eliya.
Sri LankaRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
Women with Disabilities Development Foundation (WDDF) is an organisation run by and for women with disabilities. The foundation’s primary focus is on cultivating leadership capacities of women with disabilities and enabling them to articulate their right to access services, employment, education, and more importantly, right to dignity.

The grant supported WDDF to create a stronger understanding of rights of and addressing violations faced by women with disabilities in Bangladesh.
BangladeshRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
Media Advocacy Group (MAG) is an NGO based in Lalitpur, and working in all 75 districts of Nepal to promote gender equality within and through the media, with a special focus on gender and media, and women, peace and security.

This grant supported the efforts of MAG in promoting the use of the Right to Information Act for women to access information on safe migration.
NepalRight to Safe and Secure Movement2015-2016
Umeed Partnership Pakistan works in the Baluchistan tribal areas, the desert communities of district Bahawalpur (Yazman tehsil), rural areas of Mian Channue in Khanewal district and slum areas of Lahore. Umeed’s work focuses on empowering women through education, skills training and income generation, and programmes of awareness about their rights.

This grant was provided to Umeed to help increase awareness on women’s rights in communities in Bahawalpur district and to facilitate access to justice for women.
PakistanAccess to Justice2015-2016
Sahayatri Samaj is a non-profit women’s organisation based in Dhading district, in Nepal. Their main focus is addressing gender-based violence against women in all its forms, with a primary focus on access to justice.

The grant provided support to Sahayatri Samaj to address gender-based violence against women in all its forms with a primary focus on access to justice.
NepalAccess to Justice2015-2016
Asiya Agha

First year of Legal Fellowship
PakistanAccess to Justice2015-2016
Tabassum Rani

First year of Legal Fellowship
PakistanAccess to Justice2015-2016
Jerusha Thambiah

First year of Legal Fellowship
Sri LankaAccess to Justice2015-2016
Binita Hazarika

First year of Legal Fellowship
IndiaAccess to Justice2015-2016
Manju Marasrini

First year of Legal Fellowship
NepalAccess to Justice2015-2016
Romita Reang

Second year of Legal Fellowship
IndiaAccess to Justice2015-2016
Bhuneshwari Devi

Second year of Legal Fellowship
IndiaAccess to Justice2015-2016
Safana Begum

Second year of Legal Fellowship
Sri LankaAccess to Justice2015-2016
Diana Florington

Second year of Legal Fellowship
Sri LankaAccess to Justice2015-2016
Rimziya Kaldeen

Second year of Legal Fellowship
Sri LankaAccess to Justice2015-2016
LF – Indira Shreesh

Second year of Legal Fellowship
NepalAccess to Justice2015-2016
Bangladsh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) is one of the largest legal service organisations in Bangladesh, operating in over 19 districts. It assists both men and women, ad undertakes extensive criminal defence work and has a considerable specialisation in labour law, in addition to expertise in family and land law.

This grant supported the administration of two fellowships in Bangladesh
BangladeshAccess to Justice2015-2016
Khurshida Parvin

First year of Legal Fellowship
BangladeshAccess to Justice2015-2016
Sipra Goswami

First year of Legal Fellowship
BangladeshAccess to Justice2015-2016
Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA) was formed in 1998 by women’s rights activists living with various disabilities. They currently have local chapters in 17 districts of Nepal and have a specific focus on rights of Women With Disabilities (WWD) from Dalit and other marginalised communities.

The grant supported NDWA in their advocacy activities for the inclusion of women with disabilities in the recovery and rehabilitation efforts in Nepal.
NepalPost-Earthquake2015-2016
National Indegenous Women Forum (NIWF) is a women-lead organisation comprising of indigenous women from different ethnic groups across Nepal. They work on the inclusion of indigenous women in political and development-related decision making to ensure their rights from local to national level. NIWF did extensive work immediately following the earthquake, including relief distribution and assisting in the reconstruction of houses among the indigenous communities in Kavrepalanchowk, Sindhupalchowk, Nuwakot and Makawanpur districts.

The grant supported NIWF in the construction of a women’s community centre in Kavre, and documentation of cases of violence against women.
NepalPost-Earthquake2015-2016
Sahayatri Samaj is non-profit organisation working in Dhading district, with the aim of empowerment and access to equal rights for marginalised communities, including women, children, Dalits and indigenous people.
In the aftermath of the earthquake, Sahayatri Samaj established five women-friendly spaces, distributed relief material to pregnant and lactating mothers, and utilised the legal counselling centre currently supported by SAWF to help victims of gender-based violence access legal help. They have also been extensively documenting cases of gender-based violence.

The grant supported Sahayatri Samaj to address increased gender-based violence in Dhading district after the earthquake.
NepalPost-Earthquake2015-2016
Women Empowerment Nepal (WEN) has been organising grassroots women in the Kathmandu Valley since 2013, providing legal literacy, livelihood support, empowerment, counselling, and safety/security/self-defence education to women and girls. WEN is active in community programs, women’s clubs, schools, and government institutions in Kathmandu, as well as works on lobbying and advocacy.

The grant supported WEN’s women-led recovery initiative that targets all members of the community in Khokana village in the Kathmandu valley, but primarily focuses on the needs and potential ways of empowering women and ensuring their rights and participation in the rebuilding efforts.
NepalPost-Earthquake2015-2016
Pourakhi is an organisation of returnee women migrant workers (WMWs), working in 15 districts of Nepal. Their objective is to ensure the rights of WMWs in the entire process of foreign labour migration, namely the pre-employment, pre-departure, employment and post-arrival stages. To this end, Pourakhi uses a combination of advocacy, capacity building and economic empowerment training programmes. Since its establishment, Pourakhi has campaigned for changes in migration legislation using a rights-based approach.

The grant was provided to Pourakhi in raising awareness about trafficking and safe migration among the potential women 3,231 migrant workers and school girls in Dhading in the wake of post-earthquake context.
NepalPost-Earthquake2015-2016
The Oppressed Women’s Society (OWS) is an NGO established in 2003 in Kaski District, Nepal, working for the rights of women, particularly Dalit and other marginalised women. The organisation is self-funded by its members, and works on issues of legal and social justice, as well as skill development, raising awareness on violence against women, and providing scholarships to Dalit students.

The grant supported OWS to provide legal aid and awareness to women affected by the earthquake in Kaski district, Nepal.
NepalPost-Earthquake2015-2016
National Indigenous Disabled Women Association Nepal (NIDWAN) is a newly formed organisation, working on the rights of disabled indigenous women. The organisation aims to address the vacuum of disabled indigenous women’s voices in policymaking as well as the mainstream disability rights/women’s rights discourses.

The grant supported the rehabilitation and recovery of indigenous women with disabilities by building temporary shelters and by conducting peer counselling in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur.
NepalPost-Earthquake2015-2016
Women Forum for Women in Nepal (WOFOWON) is an NGO working to ensure rights of women working in the informal and entertainment sectors.

The grant supported WOFOWON’s project on providing basic capacity and skills training for sustainable livelihood options for women workers (in informal sectors like entertainment) affected by earthquake in Kathmandu and creating a favourable environment that promotes women entrepreneurship.
NepalPost-Earthquake2015-2016
Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE) is a grassroots indigenous women’s group working in the Rangamati Hill district of Chittagong. Their focus is to increase the active and significant participation of women in social transformation, which they do through capacity building, peace building, gender sensitisation, advocacy, research and income generation projects.

This grant supported WEAVE to conduct a research study in the customary law practices of the Khyang community in the Rangamati and Bandarban districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts.
BangladeshStrengthening Feminist Voices2016-2017
National Alliance of Women Odisha (NAWO) focuses on four critical areas of concern – poverty and livelihood issues of women, political empowerment, human rights violation against women, and health-related issues. NAWO functions as a network building and advocacy group having its membership base in all districts of Odisha.

The SAWF grant supported NAWO to build effective leadership capacities of Elected Women Panchayat Representatives (EWPRs) and strengthen their organisation in 15 districts of Odisha under the banner of State Women Panchayat Representative Association (SWORA), a state-level network of EWPRs.
IndiaStrengthening Feminist Voices2016-2017
Didi Bahini is a Kathmandu-based group working on the issues of women’s political empowerment. It has also lobbied with political parties to institutionalise and mainstream Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) agenda within their parties. Didi Bahini has also been working on the issue at grass-root level with the communities as well as local government through different projects.

This grant supported Didi Bahini in undertaking a review of the new Constitution to identify gaps from a gender perspective, and use the findings to develop advocacy strategies.
NepalStrengthening Feminist Voices2016-2017
Shakthi Milan Samaj (SMS) is an NGO lead by women survivors of HIV/AIDS, and has been working with infected and affected women on raising awareness and reducing the violence, discrimination and stigma faced by women survivors, as well as improving care and support for them, including nutrition and livelihood support.

This grant supported SMS to institutionally strengthen the organisation’s board and staff, as well as provide livelihood support and skills training to women living with HIV/AIDS.
NepalStrengthening Feminist Voices2016-2017
Blue Veins is a women-lead human rights organisation in Peshawar working on promoting equal rights and dignity for women and transgender community. In 2015, Blue Veins established an alliance of transgender individuals from 25 districts from Kyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) – TransAction.

This grant helped Blue Veins establish TransAction KP as a transgender alliance across Kyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, and develop the capacities of their leadership body.
PakistanStrengthening Feminist Voices2016-2017
Society for Human Advancement and Disadvantaged Empowerment (SHADE) is a women-lead organisation working in Jaffarabad district in Balochistan, on women’s empowerment through interventions such as sensitisation programmes on women’s rights, formation of women’s groups, economic empowerment through skills training and awareness campaigns on domestic violence and honour killing.

The funding was provided to SHADE to form a women’s (khawateen) council in Rahimabad village in Jaffarabad district, to develop the leadership of women in promoting women’s rights, address child marriage and violence against women among other related issues.
PakistanStrengthening Feminist Voices2016-2017
Rahima Akhter is a member of a sex workers’ collective under the Sex Workers Network, which is a national platform of 29 sex workers’ organisations working towards establishing the human rights of sex workers and their children in Bangladesh.

SAWF provided a travel grant to Rahima to support her participation in Bangalore (India) in the Sex Workers and Allies South Asia (SWASA) consultation on the UN Women policy on sex work, in October, 2016.
BangladeshRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Shobujer Ovijan Foundation (SOF) supports a substantive constituency of disadvantaged working women in urban areas of Dhaka. It focuses on promoting and protecting women workers’ basic rights and demanding entitlements from the State.

This grant was given to support SOF’s programme to provide institutional support, strengthen and enhance women workers’ (domestic workers and ready-made garment workers) leadership capacity in accessing their rights in Kallyanpur Pora slum area in Dhaka.
BangladeshRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Cividep India was formed in the year 2000, to educate workers about their rights, and campaigns for corporate accountability. They empower workers and communities and ensure that businesses comply with human rights, labour rights and environmental standards.

This grant provided support to Cividep’s community-based initiative ‘Munnade’ in mobilising and strengthening women garment workers’ voices in Bangalore, and enabling them to articulate their rights as workers.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Pajhra is an organisation of Adivasi leadership with a mission to advance Adivasi community’s self-development. It collaborates with organisations and development agents within the community like the students and women’s organisations, and Adivasi NGOs, to implement activities dealing with macro-issues requiring groups of people and individuals to work in collaboration and complementing each other.

This grant supported Pajhra’s legal aid initiative in collaboration with Nazdeek, as technical advisors, to advance the labour and health rights, through capacity building, and leadership development, of All Adivasi Women’s Association of Assam (AAWA).
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Sakhi Trust is a youth resource centre working for enabling the human resource within youth in Bellary district, Karnataka region with a specific focus on adolescent girls from dalit, devadasi and other vulnerable communities. The trust addresses the problems of youth affected by mining, caste discrimination, poverty and environmental problems, which lead to child labour, child marriages, sexual and substance abuse and domestic violence.

This funding supported Sakhi Trust in developing training and campaign strategies to address the multiple violations faced by dalit and Adivasi women working as bonded labour in mines as well as those who lost their forest and land rights due to displacement, and build a strong cadre of women human rights defenders with strong feminist perspectives of gender equality.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Sangram is a grassroots NGO in Sangli, Maharashtra, working for the rights of marginalised women, including women and trans-sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and children of sex workers.

Sangram received a travel grant to support participation of 16 sex workers in SWASA South Asian consultation on the UN Women policy on sex work, held in Bangalore, India.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Society for Labour and Development (SLD) is a Delhi-based labour rights organisation working in the labour rights of workers and marginalised communities. The Asia Floor Wage Alliance is an initiative of SLD to formulate and demand a living wage for Asian garment workers (mostly women workers) who produce most of the world’s clothing.

SAWF grant supported SLD to undertake coordination and research for Asia Floor Wage Alliance on rights violations among migrant women garment workers in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka) with an emphasis on sexual violence in the workplace.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Sex Workers Association (SWA) is an initiative of Sangama, which is a women’s human rights organisation working primarily with sexual minorities. SWA works with male, female and transgender sex workers who are home-based, street-based, dhaba-based and brothel-based, and includes those in the rural, urban and semi-urban locations. They are active in six districts of Karnataka.

This grant was given to strengthen SWA, and conduct advocacy and alliance building activities for the rights of sex workers.
IndiaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA) is working in Kathmandu and Kavrepalan Chowk and trying to bring to light critical concerns of women with disabilities in Nepal and addressing violations faced by them.

This grant was given to NDWA to strengthen the capacities and leadership of its Board and members, and engage in advocacy and awareness raising activities.
NepalRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
VOW Media is a women-lead organisation in Nepal using ICT and digital tools to document and share the experiences of marginalised women.

This grant was given to VOW Media to conduct a training programme, with a group of migrants, to use digital tools to produce their stories of migration, which will be used for local and national advocacy campaigns to create awareness on the rights of migrant women.
NepalRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Abhimani is a survivor-led women’s collective working for the rights of female and trans-sex workers in Colombo and Gampaha districts. The collective has mainly engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention work, and has a loose network of sex workers who maintain ties with the collective.

This grant supported Abhimani to establish a safe space for sex worker communities in Gampaha, and to collect baseline data for the sex worker populations in Colombo and Gampaha.
Sri LankaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
ACTFORM is an island-wide network of human rights community-based organisations, which acts as a link between CBOs/NGOs, government and the media to promote and raise awareness on the rights of women migrant workers.

This grant was provided to ACTFORM to support the development of a training module on gender for the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), monitoring the implementation of the State’s commitments under the Convention on Migrants Workers, and advocacy for the removal of migration restrictions on women with small children.
Sri LankaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Community Strength Development Foundation (CSDF) works with women from vulnerable communities, particularly sex workers and drug users. CSDF is also a partner of Sex Workers and Allies South Asia (SWASA), and is working with a team of sex workers and allies in Sri Lanka to submit a shadow on sex work for the CEDAW review in 2017.

The SAWF provided CSDF with a travel grant to support participation in SWASA South Asian consultation, Bangalore, India, on the UN Women policy on sex work.
Sri LankaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Dabindu Collective (DC) is a women’s collective based in the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) of Katunayake, Sri Lanka, and working on issues of labour rights, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), organising and building leadership of women workers, and addressing and raising awareness regarding discriminatory policies towards workers.

Through this grant DC’s work towards raising awareness among women workers of Katunayake FTZ on their rights and entitlements was supported, with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health rights, and leadership development.
Sri LankaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Praja Diriya Padanama (PDP) is a community-based organisation in the Puttalam district, working on the rights of sex workers from both the host and internally displaced persons (IDP) communities, especially women from religious and ethnic minorities and the trans-community.

The grant was provided to PDP to develop rights-based perspectives on sex work and human rights among the sex worker community in Puttalam, along with raising community awareness.
Sri LankaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Sarvodaya Women’s Movement (SWM) was started in 1987 as an offshoot of the Sarvodaya Shramadhana Movement, upon the recognition that the majority of its members were women and there was a need for a movement that specifically addressed issues faced by women.

SAWF’s grant to support SWM was aimed at strengthening access to safe and secure migration for women in Vavuniya and Anuradhapura districts through improving the channels for receiving information on migration.
Sri LankaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) is a grassroots women’s organisation, based in Kurunegala district. Their work focuses on three key areas: socio-economic rights, violence against women and political representation, and they work with key groups of women such as local political party representatives, migrant women and sex workers.

This grant supported WRC in strengthening the rights-based perspectives of sex workers in Kurunegala district, Sri Lanka.
Sri LankaRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Claiming the Standards and Spaces: Sex Workers Rights in South Asia and CEDAW Engagement

This grant provided support to sex worker groups in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to engage in the CEDAW review process for their respective countries.
Regional/GlobalRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
Women with Disabilities Development Foundation (WDDF) is an organisation run by and for women with disabilities. The foundation’s primary focus is on cultivating leadership capacities of WWDs enabling them to articulate their right to access services, employment, education, and more importantly, right to dignity.

This was a travel grant to support WWD rights activist to attend the 65th CEDAW review (24th October-18th November 2016) in Geneva.
BangladeshRight to Safe and Secure Mobility2016-2017
India Institute for Critical Action Centre in Movement (CACIM) is a Delhi-based NGO working on the themes of democratisation, empowerment, participation and accountability. CACIM’s Project Nazariya operates a queer resource centre for LBT (Female at Birth) working class individuals in non/semi urban communities.

This grant for Project Nazariya was aimed at training a core group of LBTQI persons to work with semi-urban communities in Delhi and generate information material for increased awareness on the rights of queer persons.
IndiaYoung Women's Leadership2016-2017
Spandhana is a grassroots women’s rights organisation working with women in the unorganised sector in Ramanagaram district in Karnataka. They particularly work on mobilising workers and strengthening unions among mid-day meal workers, beedi rollers, construction workers and agricultural labourers.

This grant was provided to engage 100 young Muslim women and girls from communities of home-based workers (beedi rolling) in urban and semi-urban slums to build their perspectives on feminism, leadership and decision-making, to address the issues of child and forced marriage.
IndiaYoung Women's Leadership2016-2017
Swadhikar All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM), India is a forum of Dalit women activists associated with the organisation Swadhikar. AIDMAM seeks to organise and capacitate Dalit women by active community engagement, as well as by identifying and nurturing new women leaders from the community.

This grant helped develop capacities of six young Dalit women leaders and activists by building necessary skills and knowledge to use social media as a tool for advocacy.
IndiaYoung Women's Leadership2016-2017
Mahila Swarojgar Samiti (MSS) is a grassroots women-led NGO based in Varanasi, aimed at building awareness on women’s rights, reproductive health care, policies and laws that contribute to gender equality (like equal wages, property ownership, economic incentives, etc.) among dalit and muslim women.

Through this grant MSS raised awareness and strengthened young women’s leadership to address violence against Dalit and Muslim women in rural areas of Kashi Vidyapeeth, Cholapur, Sevapuri, Araji Lain, and Haruwa in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
IndiaYoung Women's Leadership2016-2017
Swadhikar is a Delhi-based NGO that works towards elimination of discrimination based on caste. It largely collaborates with various groups led by Dalit women and men activists to address these issues more affectively. Its main aim is to strengthen the networks and institutions at the grassroots level, and build Dalit people’s capacity to access their rights and entitlements.

This grant has been given to strengthen Dalit feminist leadership in Rajasthan to address marginalisation faced by Dalit women due to their caste and gender.
IndiaYoung Women's Leadership2016-2017
The National Indigenous Women’s Forum (NIWF) is an NGO lead by indigenous women, with the purpose of mobilising and organising indigenous women on common issues, and to advocate for policies inclusive of their rights and issues. They work in the Central region of Nepal, in the districts of Kathmandu, Dhading, Kavre, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchok with women from the indigenous communities.

With this grant NIWF focused on amplifying the voices of indigenous women through wide use of media (radio, print, video and social). These tools will result in production of their stories and narratives and bring forth indigenous women’s issues.
NepalYoung Women's Leadership2016-2017
Srijansil Mahila Samuha (SMS) is a community-based, women-led organisation, working to address the discrimination and marginalisation of women living with HIV (WLHIV). Their work includes hospital and healthcare for WLHIV, creating spaces for WLHIV to interact, and advocacy related to HIV treatment and violence against women.

This grant was provided to SMS to develop leadership of young women living with HIV.
NepalYoung Women's Leadership2016-2017
MWDRF is a women-lead organisation acting and advocating for women’s issues and finding amicable solutions for the same, with a focus on Muslim and Tamil communities. The two lead activists who have been working on this project are Vasuki Jeyasankar and Cayathri Divakalala.

The grant was given to support the two women activists in centring the feminist approach in development discourse and practice in the North, Central and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka and strengthen the second line of feminist leadership.
Sri LankaYoung Women's Leadership2016-2017
Youth Advocacy Network Sri Lanka (YANSL) is a youth network engaged in raising awareness on sexual and reproductive health, and advocating for related rights across Sri Lanka, with a specific focus on issues related to unsafe abortions.

The grant supported YANSL to build the capacity of 20 young leaders to advocate for safe abortion and sexual and reproductive health rights.
Sri LankaYoung Women's Leadership2016-2017
Akasa is a women’s organisation working for the rights of disabled rural women in Sri Lanka. The organisation is led by N.G. Kamalawathi, a disability rights activist who is a survivor of polio.

The grant was provided to develop the leadership of young women with disabilities, in terms of right to physical integrity and autonomy over their sexuality and decision making.
Sri LankaYoung Women's Leadership2016-2017
Suriya is a feminist, community-based women’s organisation in Batticaloa, working on women’s rights issues in the post-war context with primarily ethnic and religious minority women in the East. They work on issues of gender-based violence, resettlement, migration and access to justice.

The grant was provided to support three women’s activists’ participation in the SANGAT (Tamil language) feminist capacity building workshop in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Sri LankaYoung Women's Leadership2016-2017
Institute for Development Education and Learning, Nyayika Bharuch (IDEAL) began operating through a network of law centres among vulnerable sections of society across Gujarat. These centres consist of a team of lawyers, paralegals and researchers who take a holistic approach to human rights by providing litigative support as well as outreach to villages through law clinics.

This grant has been provided to strengthen the legal aid centres in Baruch district through core support, as well as awareness programmes for the community.
IndiaAccess to Justice2016-2017
Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) is a national-level organisation founded in 1994 by a group of Dalit women activists working against caste and gender-based discrimination. Equity and social justice for Dalit women is at the core of its activities.

Through this grant FEDO strengthened Dalit women’s leadership to claim their rights and facilitated their access to sustained and qualified legal counsel in the far-western district of Dadeldhura, Nepal.
NepalAccess to Justice2016-2017
The Indigenous Women’s Legal Awareness Group (INWOLAG) is an indigenous woman-led NGO established in collaboration with indigenous women legal experts and professionals who are dedicated to fight for indigenous women’s human rights. They provide legal services (free/with minimum charge) to women survivors of violence, advocate and lobby for the rights of indigenous women and create legal awareness in the community about women’s rights at large, in 14 districts of Nepal.

This grant was provided to promote and protect indigenous women’s rights and to address gender-based violence through legal awareness, and to facilitate their access to sustained legal counsel in the districts of Nuwakot and Rasuwa.
NepalAccess to Justice2016-2017
Uva Wellassa Women’s Organisation (UWWO) is a women’s group based in Monaragala district of Sri Lanka. They’ve been working on issues of women’s rights with regards to land, leadership and governance, including mobilising women to demand for their right to land in cases of development related re-settlement.

This grant was provided to establish a women’s legal network in the Wellawaya DS Division in Monaragala district by working with 17 grassroots women’s groups on legal rights awareness, and training 17 young women to work as paralegals.
Sri LankaAccess to Justice2016-2017
Binita Hazarika

Second year of Legal Fellowship
IndiaAccess to Justice2016-2017
Priti Murmu

Second year of Legal Fellowship
IndiaAccess to Justice2016-2017
Romita Reang

Third year of Legal Fellowship
IndiaAccess to Justice2016-2017
Urmila

Second year of Legal Fellowship
IndiaAccess to Justice2016-2017
Binita Nepali

Second year of Legal Fellowship
NepalAccess to Justice2016-2017
Indira Shreesh

Third year of Legal Fellowship
NepalAccess to Justice2016-2017
Kaushila Yogi

Second year of Legal Fellowship
NepalAccess to Justice2016-2017
Manju Marasini

Second year of Legal Fellowship
NepalAccess to Justice2016-2017
Poonam Kaphle

First year of Legal Fellowship
NepalAccess to Justice2016-2017
Asia Agha

Second year of Legal Fellowship
PakistanAccess to Justice2016-2017
Tabassum Rani

Second year of Legal Fellowship
PakistanAccess to Justice2016-2017
Diana Florington

Third year of Legal Fellowship
Sri LankaAccess to Justice2016-2017
Jerusha Crossette-Thambiah

Second year of Legal Fellowship
Sri LankaAccess to Justice2016-2017
Maiti Manch is small women’s grassroots organisation based in Dolakha district, Nepal. The main aim of Maiti Manch is to promote livelihood and skills training to economically empower women and raise awareness about women’s fundamental rights as enshrined in the Nepalese constitution.

The grant was provided to Maiti Manch to organise legal aid awareness camps to enable access to justice for the indigenous and Dalit women affected adversely by physical, social and economic vulnerabilities.
NepalPost-Earthquake2016-2017
Women Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC) is one of the leading organisations in Nepal, working to advocate for the protection and promotion of women’s human rights in the country. National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD) is a WOREC initiative geared towards promoting rights of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) all over Nepal.

WOREC received a grant to build capacities of potential WHRDs in the district of Solukhumbu to promote awareness about issues of violence against women, sexual violence, and women’s rights in the community.
NepalPost-Earthquake2016-2017