A recent survey by the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) found that more than 75% of women's organizations had an annual income of less than $100,000; 36% had less than $25,000. Limited access to funding and other support weakens women's organizations' ability to sustain their impact, wasting vital benefits they could offer.


Donor Direct Action partners with frontline activists to strengthen women's rights around the world.

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The Forum for Women, Law and Development works to protect and promote the human rights of women and to eliminate all forms of discrimination.

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International Outcry Inspires Legal Action

On June 24, 2011, a 21-year-old Buddhist nun traveling to visit family in far eastern Nepal had to spend the night on a bus halted by flooding. The driver and four other men from the bus company gang-raped her until she lost consciousness.


The Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling works to reverse discrimination against Palestinian women and promote their social and legal rights under international human rights standards.

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One Waiting Room, Many Lives

Asma, 17, was betrothed to a 19-year-old, but her pregnancy was culturally considered out of wedlock, and even after they married, she couldn’t claim her baby. Her father was furious and threatened an ‘honor killing.’ She came to WCLAC for the intervention that saved her life, her marriage, and her child.