Each year, Mama Cash aims to support ambitious feminist and women’s rights organisations and initiatives led by and for women, girls and trans people in most countries of the world.
Grants ranging from €5.000 to €50.000 per year (the average grant size is €20.000 and €30.000) support specific programmes, projects, or initiatives with awards concentrated on providing longer-term and core support for example in the form of salaries, an office or equipment.
Funded organisations will be:
- Working from a feminist and/or women’s rights perspective
- Self-led by the women, girls, trans people and/or intersex they serve
- Promoting women’s, girls’, trans people and/or intersex people’s human rights as their primary mission, and not just as the focus of part of their programmes
- Pushing for structural and fundamental change
- Focusing on issues that are under-addressed and/or contested
Awards are made across three broad thematic areas, Body, Money and Voice, to groups working on, for example:
- Forced sterilisation of women living with HIV and AIDS
- Exclusion of Indigenous women from decision making over their land
- Labour rights of women and trans people in sex, domestic or industrial work
- Rights to water, food, and a clean, safe, and healthy environment
- Confronting legal and social discrimination against lesbian and bisexual women, or against migrant and refugee women
- Sexual rights of women, girls, trans and intersex people living with disabilities
- Decision-making for girls and older women (65+) about their lives (education, health, relationships)
- Political and public participation for women, girls, trans people or intersex from ethnic or religious minorities
Previous initiatives supported include:
- International Women Space (Voice), Germany, a refugee-led women’s group working to change the German legislative framework regulating the status of asylum seekers, particularly the recognition of gender-based persecution as a reason for women to be granted asylum.
- Iz kruga-Vojvodina (Body), Serbia, a feminist disability rights organisation, Iz Kruga Vojvodina engages with the women’s and disability rights movements, the government and the public about the rights of disabled women in the Serbian province of Vojvodina. The group works to secure human rights for women with disabilities through policy advocacy and addresses the relationship between sexuality, gender and disability through art and performance.
The deadline for applications is 17th April 2018