Funding for Inclusion
Women and Girls in the Equation
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Equity & Social Change
Foundations in Europe can play a much larger role in improving the position of women and girls. This guide reflects on how gender considerations are being addressed in European foundation programmes, processes, and procedures, and it provides a wealth of practical examples and recommendations to inspire other foundations to do so.
"At first the foundation was not interested in having a gender focus, but then we realised that in order to operate successfully, we have to consider this aspect as well."
"Each time you talk about gender, people can say, 'ok, this is the gender girl in the foundation.' I didn’t want this attitude to be in the foundation, so I chose another way ... My colleague and I focus on our programmes... We will show the impact of these projects and have a good case in two to three years to take to the political decision-makers and say: ‘look what we have done on this gender issue, we think we should mainstream this into other programmes’."
"Gender can’t be imposed like a rule, so I make suggestions, show by doing. I do not want to be prescriptive."
"The main barrier is awareness: if an aspiring philanthropist does not personally feel that life may be different for women and girls, it is unlikely that they will engage."
–senior philanthropy adviser
"If our partners do not have such a [gender] analysis, we engage them in dialogue."