The Alliance for Gender Equality in Europe
brings together for the first time local and pan-European civil society actors with diverse funders to support progress in the areas of gender equality and women’s rights in Europe

It is a two-part initiative comprising both a pooled fund and a knowledge platform.

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ABOUT

The alliance

The Alliance is established under the auspices of the Brussels-based Network of European Foundations (NEF), an umbrella organisation dedicated to mutualising philanthropic support in Europe. Given the challenges ahead, no single organisation can achieve enough progress on its own. A collective engagement such as the Alliance enables donors to combine forces, leverage funding, raise awareness, build support, and help sustain the sector and the organisations working on gender in the region.

CONTEXT

While gender inequality is often viewed as a larger problem outside of Europe than within, the situation is nevertheless disconcerting. Some troubling statistics include:

Women on the average earn

16%

less than their male counterparts

The gap between pensions for men and women is nearly

40%

Only 6%

of large European companies are headed by women

1 in 3

One in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence.

Founding Members

As seed funding, the Alliance is currently funded for an initial period of 3 years by la Fondation Chanel, le Fonds l’Oréal pour les Femmes, and the King Baudouin Foundation. Other organizations have committed to joining the Alliance.

HISTORY

In 2019, the Fondation CHANEL engaged in a broad stakeholder consultation to assess and analyse the lack of funding for gender equality issues across Europe. The aim was to explore how to successfully build up philanthropy to support women and girls within the region.

Underfunding of the sector is due to a variety of factors, including the limited allocation of resources from national governments impacted by austerity; a focus on allocating EU funds for gender equality to the global south; the relatively weak philanthropic culture in the field; and a lack of individual donor engagement.

HISTORY

In 2019, the Fondation CHANEL engaged in a broad stakeholder consultation to assess and analyse the lack of funding for gender equality issues across Europe. The aim was to explore how to successfully build up philanthropy to support women and girls within the region.

Underfunding of the sector is due to a variety of factors, including the limited allocation of resources from national governments impacted by austerity; a focus on allocating EU funds for gender equality to the global south; the relatively weak philanthropic culture in the field; and a lack of individual donor engagement.

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APPLY

FOR FUNDING

Call for proposal 1 : “2021 Fund for Covid Solidarity” – Open call for proposals

TIMELINE

Launch :
6 September 2021
Applications close :
6 October 2021
Successful applications selected :
1 December 2021
Event with all grantees and donors
Fall 2022

GRANTMAKING PRIORITIES

Proposals should fall within the broadly-defined objectives of the Fund, contributing to gender equality and women’s rights. This is a Covid Solidarity Fund and resources for 2021 are earmarked for the most vulnerable women and girls who have been the most negatively impacted by Covid.

Our objective is to provide support to organisations in the closest contact possible with people on the ground. While we anticipate primarily funding small, frontline organisations, the Fund will also consider specific project proposals from larger organisations innovating or experimenting in an area where there is demonstrable need.

This fund aims to distribute resources equitably across the European Union. Therefore, we aspire to create a geographic balance of grantees.
In this first year of funding, our call for proposals intentionally encompasses a broad range of thematic areas in order to find the most creative, effective and impactful initiatives. To that end, we invite applications for either general operating support or for specific projects. We aim to support a thematically diverse slate of proposals.

Priority thematic areas are:
* Access to economic resources, entrepreneurship, digital divide.
* Access to education and training: promoting opportunities for education and vocational training, including communications and information technologies.
* Violence Against Women/health and social protection: combatting gender-based violence, securing access to healthcare and social protection.
* Climate change and gender.
* Technology development and innovation.
Proposals in other areas will be considered.
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ORGANISATION

AND GOVERNANCE

ACTIVITIES

A POOLED FUND

Flexible dynamic pooled funding mechanism to provide grants for social purpose organisations and women’s funds

A NETWORK & LEARNING PLATFORM

A dedicated platform to share and develop new sources of information and knowledge.
Share research, innovations and best practices in Europe to improve collaborative work and respond effectively to policy change.
Enable advocacy for women’s full participation in society, addressing issues of economic and social vulnerability, and promoting gender equality

Gouvernance

A steering commitee

comprised of donors to the pooled fund makes final granting decisions.

An advisory council

made up of representatives from women’s organisations, networks, women’s funds, the business world and others will ensure robust stakeholder participation.

The network & learning platform

welcomes a broad cross section of engaged actors.

OPERATIONS

The Alliance is established under the auspices of the Brussels-based Network of European Foundations (NEF).
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FOUNDING

Members

As of June 2021, the steerring committee is comprised of:
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Contact