Women & Girls

21%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$498 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Of this 21%
40% Sexual and Reproductive Rights
16% Freedom from Violence
14% Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
7% Economic and Labor Rights
4% Health and Well-being Rights
4% Civic and Political Participation
3% Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law
3% Social and Cultural Rights
3% Environmental and Resource Rights
2% Expression and Information Rights
1% Human Rights, General
1% Migration and Displacement
1% Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding

Top Funders

  1. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $115.33 M
  2. Ford Foundation $62.88 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $28.58 M
  4. The Oak Foundation $20.78 M
  5. Comic Relief UK $17.33 M
  6. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $16.06 M
  7. American Jewish World Service $14.59 M
  8. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $13.01 M
  9. NoVo Foundation $12.39 M
  10. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $11.98 M
  11. Hivos $11.08 M
  12. National Endowment for Democracy $9.60 M
  13. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $7.88 M
  14. Nationale Postcode Loterij $7.03 M
  15. The Global Fund for Women $6.99 M
  16. EEA and Norway Grants $5.86 M
  17. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $5.78 M
  18. Foundation for a Just Society $5.49 M
  19. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $5.32 M
  20. Foundation For The Carolinas $4.82 M
  21. Tides Foundation $4.57 M
  22. Mama Cash $4.56 M
  23. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $4.36 M
  24. HJW Foundation $3.70 M
  25. The International Development Research Centre $3.44 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

24%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$893 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Norway $124.48 M
  2. Global Fund $90.52 M
  3. Canada $81.95 M
  4. Sweden $80.61 M
  5. Netherlands $68.15 M
  6. United Kingdom $64.93 M
  7. Spain $61.54 M
  8. European Union Institutions $54.90 M
  9. United States $43.84 M
  10. Finland $43.36 M
  11. Australia $40.29 M
  12. Germany $37.21 M
  13. Denmark $18.86 M
  14. Switzerland $14.66 M
  15. Ireland $14.59 M
  16. Belgium $12.95 M
  17. Korea $9.55 M
  18. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $7.65 M
  19. Italy $6.47 M
  20. Austria $5.67 M
  21. Iceland $1.93 M
  22. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $1.74 M
  23. International Development Association $1.65 M
  24. Japan $1.60 M
  25. Luxembourg $1.05 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$48,849,785 (10%)
862 Grants (16%)

Caribbean

$3,708,988 (1%)
89 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$16,825,973 (3%)
385 Grants (7%)

Global Programs

$78,526,747 (16%)
291 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$55,881,830 (11%)
979 Grants (18%)

Middle East & North Africa

$18,484,879 (4%)
268 Grants (5%)

North America

$173,601,738 (35%)
1,146 Grants (22%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$100,910,976 (20%)
1,171 Grants (22%)

Western Europe

$21,770,414 (4%)
249 Grants (5%)

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

$198,345,196 (40%)
802 Grants (15%)

Freedom from Violence

$79,651,981 (16%)
1,098 Grants (21%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$71,964,283 (14%)
1,166 Grants (22%)

Intersecting Populations

Children & Youth

$106,553,881 (21%)
1,690 Grants (32%)

Migrants & Refugees

$26,840,532 (5%)
502 Grants (9%)

Indigenous Peoples

$18,742,931 (4%)
465 Grants (9%)

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

$112,358,090 (23%)
1,220 Grants (23%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$63,981,567 (13%)
913 Grants (17%)

Research and Documentation

$62,843,383 (13%)
493 Grants (9%)

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