Strengthening South Asian Feminist Movements

Under this programme SAWF supports small and medium-sized women’s rights groups, individual activists, women human rights lawyers (through fellowships), and sub-national, national and regional networks. This programme is currently only open to the South Asian countries of Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The common threads that run through the grants under this programme are:

  • Promoting a rights based perspective and feminist principles in women’s rights/trans* rights work in the region, key components of which are            decision making, agency and voices

  • Strengthening the leadership of women and trans* people, especially of second line leadership

  • Networking and collaborations among and between groups and activists working at a sub-national, national and regional level

Currently, our grant-making is categorised into four thematic portfolios:

Environmental Justice is being developed as a fifth portfolio and will be implemented in 2017.

The grants under these thematic areas can be broadly classified under seven main categories:

  • Grants for supporting specific projects
  • Core grants supporting institutional costs and salaries
  • Collaboration grants
  • Mentorship grants
  • Fellowships to women lawyers
  • Travel grants to attend workshops and conferences
  • Research grants