Women & Girls

23%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$560.6 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Of this 23%
27% Sexual and Reproductive Rights
23% Freedom from Violence
9% Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
8% Health and Well-being Rights
7% Social and Cultural Rights
7% Economic and Labor Rights
6% Civic and Political Participation
3% Environmental and Resource Rights
3% Human Rights, General
2% Expression and Information Rights
2% Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law
2% Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
2% Migration and Displacement

Top Funders

  1. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $109.42 M
  2. NoVo Foundation $47.76 M
  3. Ford Foundation $33.25 M
  4. Oak Foundation $23.16 M
  5. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $20.96 M
  6. Nationale Postcode Loterij $20.32 M
  7. Comic Relief $18.78 M
  8. Big Lottery Fund $17.19 M
  9. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors $15.10 M
  10. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $14.50 M
  11. Foundation for a Just Society $13.14 M
  12. Tides Foundation $12.98 M
  13. The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women $12.86 M
  14. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $11.85 M
  15. Cordaid $9.29 M
  16. National Endowment for Democracy $8.55 M
  17. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $7.96 M
  18. Human Dignity Foundation $7.67 M
  19. ViiV Healthcare $7.59 M
  20. Fund for Women's Equality $7.26 M
  21. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $6.51 M
  22. American Jewish World Service $5.64 M
  23. The Freedom Fund - London $5.46 M
  24. The Global Fund for Women $5.34 M
  25. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $5.00 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

26%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$968.9 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United Kingdom $129.06 M
  2. Canada $96.15 M
  3. Norway $93.85 M
  4. Global Fund $85.14 M
  5. Sweden $82.61 M
  6. Australia $74.85 M
  7. European Union Institutions $65.41 M
  8. Finland $53.52 M
  9. Netherlands $51.14 M
  10. Spain $47.45 M
  11. United States $33.82 M
  12. Germany $29.61 M
  13. Belgium $23.40 M
  14. Switzerland $17.54 M
  15. Italy $14.65 M
  16. Japan $14.02 M
  17. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $10.46 M
  18. Denmark $10.43 M
  19. Ireland $8.20 M
  20. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $6.33 M
  21. Korea $5.68 M
  22. International Labour Organisation $3.41 M
  23. Austria $2.67 M
  24. France $1.93 M
  25. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $1.70 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$52,866,995 (9%)
1,111 Grants (17%)

Caribbean

$2,712,096 (0%)
73 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$20,888,175 (4%)
533 Grants (8%)

Global Programs

$98,014,313 (17%)
331 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$36,163,288 (6%)
910 Grants (14%)

Middle East & North Africa

$20,326,864 (4%)
291 Grants (5%)

North America

$180,013,411 (32%)
1,434 Grants (22%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$102,371,414 (18%)
1,477 Grants (23%)

Western Europe

$57,187,711 (10%)
387 Grants (6%)

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

$152,897,050 (27%)
872 Grants (13%)

Freedom from Violence

$129,451,103 (23%)
1,614 Grants (25%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$49,614,877 (9%)
950 Grants (15%)

Intersecting Populations

Children & Youth

$164,908,432 (29%)
2,085 Grants (32%)

Migrants & Refugees

$41,125,645 (7%)
453 Grants (7%)

LGBTIQ

$32,070,165 (6%)
441 Grants (7%)

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

$239,535,688 (43%)
3,472 Grants (54%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$105,944,724 (19%)
1,315 Grants (20%)

Public Engagement and Awareness-raising

$73,860,429 (13%)
1,045 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