Africa: More Money Needed for Feminist Leaders to Drive Global Change


Cape Town — Feminist movements and organizations around the world are the key drivers of social change, yet they are under-financed, under-valued, and grossly under-appreciated.

As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the world, countries, societies, and communities reshaped, political and social systems changed, and new social norms emerged. As a result, the pandemic exposed and revealed existing gender inequalities and injustice across the world and showed that women, girls, disabled and non-binary people continued to face systemic oppression. Their voices are still marginalized and silenced, resulting in compounding experiences of discrimination, racism, ableism, and classism.

These challenges can be daunting but feminist movements have the power to move us to a more just world.

Shake the Table is a non-profit bridging philanthropy and social justice movements which together with advisory firm, The Bridgespan Group joined forces to examine how to better connect global philanthropy with feminist movements in their report Lighting the Way: A Report for Philanthropy on the Power and Promise of Feminist Movements. The feminist groups called on the philanthropic community to invest an additional U.S.$6 billion by 2026 to “hold ground against the anti-gender movement and gain traction in shifting power.”

And in order to achieve the goal of gender equality and women’s rights, funding is crucial.

The report highlights the potential of feminist movements with real-world success stories, highlighting feminist movements in Argentina, Ireland, and Mexico that realized crucial gains in reproductive rights; domestic workers in Mali, Mexico, and the U.S. who secured better wages and working conditions, including curbing sexual violence; and feminists in Nigeria who organized intense protests to bring an end to an abusive special police squad, among others.