Chapter 2 Global Overview

In 2016, FRIDA provided core support grants to 71 young feminist groups.

The grants were distributed in 56 countries and supported solidarity exchanges, advocacy and movement-building efforts, and capacity development.

  • 17 Asia & the Pacific
  • 15 Central Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central & North Asia
  • 16 Latin America & the Caribbean
  • 9 Middle East & North Africa
  • 14 Sub-saharan Africa

We awarded a total of 523,076.06 USD to young feminist organizers.

38 of 71 (54%) groups were new groups selected through FRIDA’s global participatory grantmaking process.

33 of 71 (46 %) groups received renewal grants.

Case Studies:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Crested Crane Lighters

  • Uganda
  • Sex Work

Responding to mistreatment of sex workers by the Ugandan police, Crested Crane Lighters held sensitisation meetings with police officers and health care providers, to improve accessibility of healthcare for sex workers.

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Ladies’ Voice

  • Togo

Empowering the LGBTQIA* community with knowledge about their own human rights, Ladies’ Voice conducted workshops and fostered safe space for discussion on issues that affect the marginalised community.

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SOS sexualite pour tous

  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Sex Work

Peer educators of SOS sexualite pour tous in Democratic Republic of Congo reached out to sex workers to de-stigmatise the use of condoms, as its usage continues to be a challenge in the community. They have been working tirelessly to reduce stigma around doing sex work and practising safe sex, through targeted community sensitisation campaigns.

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Case Studies:
Middle East & North Africa


  • Tunisia
  • Health

Artivism has become a norm in Tunisia, thanks to Chouf's yearly international feminist art festival, Chouftouhonna. In the last edition of the 3-day festival, over 1700 spectators from 34 countries participated covering a range of art forms: from graphic art, documentaries, poetry to dance and photography.

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Youth Approaches to Health Association (YAHA)

  • Turkey
  • Health

Discussing sexual rights and reproductive health in Turkey can be a risky affair. But that does not stop Youth Approaches to Health Association (YAHA) to organize the youth in the region to conduct workshops in Ankara and create safe spaces to learn more about it.

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  • Egypt
  • Research

After training themselves on research and documentation, a young feminist group in Egypt conducted 6 field visits in the rural areas of Bihera governorate to collect stories. They discovered the need for psychological and legal support for many young women in the region and are working to provide these through volunteer psychologists.

Case Studies:
Asia & the Pacific

Gerehu Waikele Women’s Sewing Group

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Crafts

Taking small and steady steps towards women's financial independence in Papua New Guinea, Gerehu Waikele Women’s Sewing Group has been engaged in training women to sew, making them aware of running independent and sustainable businesses. This has enabled several women who attended this training to open their own businesses and accounts.

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Nat Pha Yar Ma

  • Myanmar
  • Gathering

In Myanmar, Nat Pha Yar Ma conducted a 14-day peace and conflict, gender, sexuality and leadership training, providing young women with theoretical, practical, and creative ways to towards peacebuilding. They also teach children civics and peace--topics often not included in regular school curriculums.

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Case Studies:
Latin America & Caribbean

Salud Mujeres

  • Ecuador
  • Media

Salud Mujeres has been leading the abortion rights campaign in Ecuador, translating radio ads on sexual rights and medical abortion into Kichwa, an indigenous language in the country. Actively involved in the production and dissemination of radio and video ads on the legalization of abortion, they have managed to reach more parts of Ecuador with their information, especially through social media in Kichwa.

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Minas Programam

  • Brazil
  • Tech

Minas Programam has been championing technology rights for young women of color in Sao Paulo, Brazil. They conducted a programming and web development course for 30 girls and young women, including sessions on topics like project management, open software, and master classes about the history of technology, gender and the marketplace in Brazil.

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  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Education

In the Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago, Sistah2Sistah mentored 15 young women, introducing them to a range of topics never covered in school curriculums, such as bodily autonomy, discussions on gender expectations, gender based violence and self-awareness exercises, critical to the holistic development of a young girl in a patriarchal society.

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Case Studies:
Central/Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia

Strong Women

  • Kazakhstan
  • Education

Strong Women in Kazakhstan has been working on human rights training for women in custody, particularly on health, education and labor rights. They also created and shared brochures with the specific legislation regarding different issues to inform and encourage women to confidently speak out on any rights violations.

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Davai Sestra

  • Russia
  • Media

Responding to limited exposure and/or negative perceptions of their community to feminism, Davai Sestra in Russia has been focussing on raising awareness on feminism in mass media and producing supportive documents and materials on it.

Beyond Borders

  • Armenia
  • Turkey
  • Gathering

Beyond Borders has been bridging solidarities and creating sisterhoods between young women in Armenia and Turkey by organizing retreats.

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FRIDA is constantly strengthening its monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems and we strive to use participatory methods to collect and understand different kinds of data—both numbers and stories. Over the past year, we have invested in tools such as Impact Mapper and our own database systems. Grantee partners themselves self-identify the population and thematic categories as well as the areas of change that describe their work. This raw data is used to produce all the charts in this report. We will continue to develop and improve our methods—so we can collect and share analyses in real time!

Groups worked on a wide range of thematic areas. Check out the primary and secondary issues that matter most to them in their work:

Grantee Primary Thematic Areas
Grantee Secondary Thematic Areas

Other: Capacity Building & Learning, Start Up Entrepreneurship Workshops, Rape, Sexual Assault & Harassment, Self Care & Well Being

Groups worked with diverse identities. See the primary and secondary populations that were impacted by young feminist organizing:

Primary Population Impacted
Secondary Population Impacted

Other: Women/Trans Youth with Disabilities, Women/Trans People from Rural Areas, Men & Boys, Women Entrepreneurs

Core support grants give young feminist groups the opportunity to strengthen and sustain their organizing.

28 groups formally registered since receiving a FRIDA grant. Almost half of them were new grantee partners.

41 groups have a regular meeting space / office. 27 of them have secured it using the FRIDA grant.

29 grantee partners indicated that they received additional resources as a result of FRIDA support.

19 grantee partners stated that these additional resources were financial. They mobilized an additional total of USD 233,215.

In many cases, this has been directly through providing recommendations on behalf of grantee partners. For several groups, as FRIDA was their first and only donor, they consider the visibility and credibility gained by becoming FRIDA grantee partners as having directly led to receiving additional funding.