Women & Girls

20%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$538.8 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Of this 20%
32% Sexual and Reproductive Rights
19% Freedom from Violence
9% Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
8% Social and Cultural Rights
7% Economic and Labor Rights
5% Civic and Political Participation
5% Health and Well-being Rights
3% Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law
3% Expression and Information Rights
3% Environmental and Resource Rights
2% Human Rights, General
2% Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
1% Migration and Displacement

Top Funders

  1. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $76.14 M
  2. NoVo Foundation $59.21 M
  3. Ford Foundation $48.22 M
  4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $32.15 M
  5. Comic Relief $30.92 M
  6. EEA and Norway Grants $20.75 M
  7. National Endowment for Democracy $20.24 M
  8. The Oak Foundation $16.43 M
  9. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $15.93 M
  10. American Jewish World Service $14.30 M
  11. Cordaid $12.45 M
  12. Hivos $11.40 M
  13. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $10.00 M
  14. The Kendeda Fund $8.02 M
  15. Foundation for a Just Society $7.56 M
  16. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $7.33 M
  17. Tides Foundation $6.45 M
  18. Open Society Foundations $5.77 M
  19. Nationale Postcode Loterij $5.72 M
  20. Foundation For The Carolinas $5.70 M
  21. Open Society Fund Prague $5.42 M
  22. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $5.15 M
  23. The Global Fund for Women $4.36 M
  24. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $4.34 M
  25. Blue Shield of California Foundation $4.16 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

29%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$1.1 Billion out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Norway $126.61 M
  2. Canada $111.31 M
  3. Global Fund $110.85 M
  4. Sweden $106.29 M
  5. United Kingdom $102.56 M
  6. Netherlands $66.09 M
  7. Australia $64.29 M
  8. European Union Institutions $63.31 M
  9. Finland $55.72 M
  10. Spain $49.10 M
  11. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $39.63 M
  12. Germany $36.56 M
  13. United States $34.30 M
  14. Belgium $21.54 M
  15. Switzerland $19.83 M
  16. Italy $16.10 M
  17. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $11.09 M
  18. Japan $8.45 M
  19. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $7.89 M
  20. Denmark $6.49 M
  21. Ireland $6.44 M
  22. Korea $5.83 M
  23. International Development Association $4.35 M
  24. Austria $3.02 M
  25. France $2.48 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$66,375,091 (12%)
801 Grants (14%)

Caribbean

$5,442,381 (1%)
76 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$33,333,046 (6%)
606 Grants (11%)

Global Programs

$78,167,710 (15%)
217 Grants (4%)

Latin America & Mexico

$38,734,176 (7%)
911 Grants (16%)

Middle East & North Africa

$21,336,419 (4%)
320 Grants (6%)

North America

$216,315,470 (40%)
1,415 Grants (25%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$89,917,130 (17%)
1,134 Grants (20%)

Western Europe

$25,772,528 (5%)
252 Grants (4%)

Regional focus includes grants going directly to recipients in the region specified and to recipients located in other regions for activities focused on the region specified.

Issue Focus

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

$174,988,038 (32%)
761 Grants (14%)

Freedom from Violence

$103,064,562 (19%)
1,469 Grants (26%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$50,846,959 (9%)
879 Grants (16%)

Intersecting Populations

Children & Youth

$159,591,496 (30%)
1,797 Grants (32%)

Migrants & Refugees

$49,064,421 (9%)
450 Grants (8%)

Indigenous Peoples

$23,047,034 (4%)
540 Grants (10%)

In order to show the intersections of multiple population groups, these graphics indicate other population groups supported within funding towards the group highlighted on this page.

Strategy Focus

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$183,319,318 (34%)
1,901 Grants (34%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$78,080,673 (14%)
1,092 Grants (19%)

Public Engagement and Awareness-raising

$51,757,023 (10%)
885 Grants (16%)

Figures represent only grants that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. In addition, grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • Hivos supported Cita Tenun Indonesia in Indonesia to promote female entrepreneurship and sustainable consumption and production of hand-woven textiles in Indonesia and the Phillippines.
  • Ford Foundation gave a general support grant to the Center for Reproductive Rights in the USA to use the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are obligated to protect respect and fulfill.

Case Studies