Donor Direct Action supports activists working on a range of issues relating to the promotion of equality for women and the global effort to end violence and discrimination against women. The issues below represent some of the many campaigns for the advancement of women in various respects, all of which are inter-related and form part of the overarching campaign for sex equality.

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Female Genital Mutilation

Efua Dorkenoo OBE excerpted from the Equality Now film Africa Rising

Over 200 Million Women worldwide have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) according to the United Nations. In Africa, 91.5 million women and girls above age 9 live with the consequences of FGM. An estimated 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing the procedure every year. Donor Direct Action is partnering with partner organizations to end female genital mutilation. Its Fund to End FGM is named in honor of legendary partner Efua Dorkenoo.

Read our 2018 Update on Ending FGM

Fund to End FGM

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Front-line Partners

  • Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development (the Galkayo Center)
  • Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative (TNI)

Sex Trafficking

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$30 Billion in profits is generated by the human trafficking industry, according to the United Nations. An estimated 80% of those trafficked end up in the sex trade. The UN also gauges that 1 to 2 million children are trafficked every year. Donor Direct Action supports efforts to end sex trafficking.

Equality Fund

Help end sex trafficking

Front-line Partners

  • Embrace Dignity
  • Marta Centre
  • SPACE International

Violence Against Women

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1 out of 3 women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime, according to the United Nation, and 36% of women polled in a cross-section of countries said men were justified in beating their wives for going out without permission, or for burning food. Donor Direct Action is partnering with partners to end violence against women.

Help end violence against women

Front-line Partners

  • Manuela Ramos
  • Organización de Mujeres Salvadoreñas por la Paz (ORMUSA)

Women and Armed Conflict

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90% of Casualties in armed conflicts today are civilian, many of them women and children. In contrast, civilian casualties were estimated at 25% in World War I and 50% in World War II. Women also suffer such sexualized violence as “ethnic cleansing” expressed in mass rapes and forced pregnancies. Donor Direct Action is working to protect women in armed-conflict and post-conflict zones.

Help support women in armed conflict

Front-line Partners

  • Panzi Foundation
  • Synergie des Femmes pour les Victimes des Violences Sexuelles (SFVS)
  • Syrian Women’s Forum for Peace (SWFP)
  • Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP)

Women's Rights under Law

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137 countries have laws that discriminate against women, according to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). These laws are focused on citizenship, marriage (including “wife obedience”), divorce, custody, property (including inheritance), violence against women (including “honor killings”), employment, and travel. Donor Direct Action supports efforts to protect women’s rights under law.

Help protect women's rights under law

Front-line Partners

  • Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD)
  • Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC)