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Charlotte Bunch Women’s Human Rights Strategic Opportunities Fund

The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) has been a leading force in the global movement for the advancement of women’s human rights.  CWGL has mentored women from countries worldwide who have become strategic leaders in the women’s human rights movement and beyond. It has played a catalytic role in mobilizing campaigns around the UN including the successful Global Campaign on Women’s Human Rights that led to the unequivocal declaration that “women’s rights are human rights” at the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights in 1993.  It has also been actively involved in the Gender Equality and Architecture Reform (GEAR) campaign that brought about the UN General Assembly resolution for a better resourced agency on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the UN. CWGL also coordinates a long-running 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, a global campaign that has inspired grassroots communities as well as governmental agencies to generate actions for the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

To mark its 20 years of activism in the global women’s human rights movement and honor the exceptional leadership and vision of its founder, CWGL created the Charlotte Bunch Women’s Human Rights Strategic Opportunities Fund.  The fund is a way for CWGL to annually support an initiative that is of strategic significance in seizing important political opportunities for the advancement of women’s human rights globally.  The fund may be utilized, for example, to organize strategic conversations among diverse players in the advocacy for women’s human rights; to finance research and/or writing on critical issues related to women’s human rights; or to support women human rights defenders.  The fund is intended to have the flexibility to remain innovative and respond to fluid, diverse and evolving needs in the women’s human rights movement.

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