Posted by Bukola Daike on July 8, 2021 at 8:31 am
Purposeful and Plan International, with support from the Irish government, have co-launched The Girls’ Fund. The Girls’ Fund is a collaborative fund which will support the collective action of girls and their allies in the Generation Equality process by providing over $180,000 in small flexible grants by the end of 2021 and a further $720,000 multi-year funding until 2026. Plan International and Purposeful have also already moved rapid resources to a number of the Action Coalition youth leaders.
Both organisations are part of the With and for Girls Collective, which is housed at Purposeful. The Collective is a group of justice funders committed to resourcing girls’ activism in the long term. Together, the Collective resources the With and For Girls Fund, using these insights to influence across philanthropic and development spaces for more and better resources and programmatic practices with and for girls. The With and For Girls Collective is the only collaborative of its kind, drawing from different points in the girls’ funding ecosystem. It is in this spirit that we commit to working collectively to track the financial commitments to girls and young feminists made during the Generation Equality Forum.
Our hope is that there will be more groups of funders and other actors challenged over time to commit to move more resources to girls especially as we continue to see even greater impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of the pandemic is set to deepen further with the inequities in accessing COVID19 vaccines especially on the African continent. As such, girls’ work, which is always at the frontlines of crisis and resistance, will continue to be vital and even more urgent. As funders, we can meet girls with the resources they need to continue the urgent work on the ground.