This Giving Tuesday Remember Front-Line Women’s Organizations!


Girls play at the Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative (TNI), Kenya. TNI manages a rescue center for girls who run away from home to escape female genital mutilation and early marriage.


This holiday season as you plan your year-end giving I hope you will remember the many strong and effective front-line women’s organizations around the world who confront gender inequality head-on everyday.

These organizations may have tiny budgets but their work is life-saving and truly transformative. They are the first responders when a girl is suffering complications as a result of female genital mutilation, has fled from forced marriage, or manages to escape the sex trade. They are the organizations challenging governments and all of us to value women’s lives.

In 2011, I started Donor Direct Action with a simple yet radical dream – to eliminate the bureaucracy and directly support front-line women’s organizations across the globe. A disproportionately large share of funding for international women’s rights still remains in organizations in the North and never reaches the front-line women’s groups who are actually doing the job of dealing with all forms of gender-based violence and discrimination.

The Donor Direct Action Fund for Women works with 14 leading front-line partners around the world. We regrant 90% of every donation made to our partners. This Giving Tuesday invest in these formidable groups. It will bring you closer to real change.

Yours sincerely,

Jessica Neuwirth

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