The Global Partnership for Women and Girls invests in the educational and economic advancement of Muslim women and girls and the communities in which they live. The fund invests in strategic, scalable, replicable and innovative solutions led by NGOs around the world, tackling global challenges with local solutions.
The Global Partnership for Women and Girls is driven by the belief that empowered women enjoy dignity and economic security, create peace and have an important amplifier effect in creating sustainable and positive social change. As a grant-making organization, the fund’s criteria is simple: to invest in projects that promote the educational and economic development of women and girls so that they can contribute to their families, engage with their communities and build bridges to peace.
Millennium Development Goals
The Global Partnership for Women and Girls supports unlocking the potential of the more than 800 million Muslim women and girls globally with a focus on supporting Millennium Development Goals in education, gender parity and economic advancement. Please see the Global Partnership for Women and Girls pilot projects to learn more.
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieve universal primary education
- Promote gender equality and empower women
- Reduce child mortality
- Improve maternal health
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Ensure environmental sustainability
- Develop a global partnership for development
GPWG Background and History
In November 2006, 136 Muslim women from 26 countries gathered at the Women’s Islamic initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) Conference. These respected community leaders discussed their collective desire to feed themselves and their families, to get an education and to live in peace while also addressing gender-based discrimination and ethnic, cultural and economic differences in their countries and communities. As visionaries seeking change, these women presented innovative and effective solutions to address their local challenges with limited financial resources, but as the women took a closer look at the challenges they were facing, a common theme emerged: Muslim women attending this conference lacked a funding source that understood and was sensitive to their culture. Following the WISE conference, several women set to work on a fund to help meet the expressed financial needs.
In January 2012 the Global Partnership for Women and Girls was formed to promote the educational and economic advancement of Muslim women and girls. The fund is a project of the Tides Foundation and has funded pilot projects in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Senegal and Palestine.