2020: $101,000 in grants
INCREASE WOMEN’S VOICE THROUGH LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY = $38,000
MOBILIZE NEXT GEN FOR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP/ACTION
Crittenton Services of Greater Washington (local low-income immigrant) – $5,000
Crittenton’s Advocates for Equity project will develop the leadership and advocacy skills of Montgomery County teen girls, primarily from immigrant families. Participants will engage in ‘active civics” as they use the skills they have acquired to lead a yearlong advocacy campaign on the issue that they have selected. Grantee for 6 years.
GatherDC (local Jewish) – $10,000
GatherDC will facilitate Giving Circles for Women in their 20-30’s. GatherDC staff will continue to bring diverse participants who are peripherally connected to DCs Jewish life into this experience and build personal relations with them. The giving circles will determine shared values, explore the intersection of Jewish values and philanthropy and pool together resources to support a cause they decide upon. TOWF will work with GatherDC to determine ways we can be involved. Grantee for 1 year.
BUILD ADVOCACY ON THE FRONT LINES OF EMERGING ISSUES
Avodah (local Jewish) – $10,000
This grant for Avodah DC provides funding for the Jewish Service Corps as well as alumni of the program who continue living and working for social justice in the Washington, D.C. area. The Service Corps, comprised of primarily women participants, trains and supports young social justice leaders. Participants emerge from the program with a nuanced understanding of the ways that domestic poverty intersects with gender, sexual orientation, race, and other factors. By empowering Jewish women in DC each year, the program helps to increase women’s leadership across many fields, both within and beyond the Jewish community. Grantee for 6 years (not consecutive).
PROVIDE TRAINING AND TOOLS TO SUPPORT WOMEN ADVOCATES
ANU – Making Change (Israel) – $5,000
This grant supports the Women’s Activist Forum: “Achot, Shtayim, Shalosh” which was established in 2017 to consolidate a visible and influential feminist activist community to take action in solidarity for joint causes. Through the provision of training and Anu’s action toolkit, Forum participants advance their campaigns addressing a broad array of issues and bring about long-term improvements. Anu is also reaching out to women in the periphery and establishing local branches. Grantee for 5 years.
Nivcharot (Israel) – $8,000
Hanivcheret (the Elected) is a Leadership Program for Haredi women that works towards equal representation of Haredi women in politics and society. A unique curriculum provides the women an opportunity to not only develop traditional leadership skills, but an opportunity to contemplate the role women play within their family, the ultra-orthodox community, and the place of the Haredi community within Israeli society. Grantee for 1 year.
ENABLE WOMEN TO BE FREE FROM INTERPERSONAL ABUSE AT HOME, WORK, AND IN PUBLIC SPACES = $26,000
FREE IMMIGRANT WOMEN AND GIRLS FROM VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
Tahirih Justice Center (local low-income immigrant) – $5,000
Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence provides access to justice for low-income female asylum-seekers fleeing gender-based violence. Attorneys represent women and girls and their cases may help set legal precedent. They provide training for professionals in the community who, particularly in an environment with rapidly changing administrative policies, often lack current information and understanding of the legal remedies available. Through the provision of legal services, policy advocacy to promote systemic change, education and outreach, Tahirih protects one of the most vulnerable population groups in our society. Grantee for 7 years.
FREE WOMEN FROM SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
Kayan Feminist Organization (Israel) – $8,000
Ending Violence against Arab Women in Israel From a Holistic Grassroots Approach addresses the root causes of violence against Arab women in Israel. The project aims to break the taboos for open discussion, empower women to report violations, create a supportive environment for women to speak out against violence, support women and youth being community leaders in the effort to end violence against women, and put eliminating violence against women on the agenda. Kayan uses the arts including personal writings and visual arts exhibits to open the dialog and share feelings. Societal norms accepting violence as a tool to control women are countered through education and awareness raising, including youth. Grantee for 2 years.
Project Kesher (Israel) – $5,000
This project Russian Speaking Women Fight for Gender Equality will provide professional training to 24 Russian-speaking women activists. They will learn how to provide both information and assistance to Russian speaking victims of gender violence. They will provide this service via online chat as well as by meeting with victims in rape crisis and domestic violence shelters, and other places where Russians congregate to include community center, libraries, at Project Kesher group meetings, etc. Grantee for 1 year.
FREE WOMEN FROM TRAFFICKING
Human Trafficking Legal Center (local low-income immigrant) – $8,000
The Human trafficking Legal Center fights to upend the balance of power so that female trafficking survivors can take justice into their own hands. This grant will support Free to Lead: Survivors Demanding Justice which seeks to increase prosecutions for labor trafficking in the DC Metro area, prevent and punish trafficking by diplomats and partners with resilient female survivors. Grantee for 1 year.
PROMOTE PEACE BY BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AMONG WOMEN FROM DIVERSE COMMUNITIES AND BACKGROUNDS = $2,000
IMPROVE CIVIL DISCOURSE IN A POLITICALLY POLARIZED SOCIETY
Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom (local Jewish) – $2,000
As a continuation of spiritual activism, this project, Engaging in Challenging Conversations Palestinian-Israeli Conflict will provide the participants with the skills and resources to enter into the difficult dialogue about the Arab Israeli conflict. Grantee for 4 years.
ELIMINATE INJUSTICES AND CHANGE ATTITUDES THAT SYSTEMATICALLY EXCLUDE OR DISADVANTAGE WOMEN = $35,000
ELIMINATE ECONOMIC INJUSTICES AND INEQUALITY
First Shift Justice Project (local low-income immigrant) – $10,000
Domestic workers in DC are the only group of employees not covered by workplace anti-discrimination laws: specifically, the DC Human Rights Act. Along with its partners, First Shift has had legislation introduced to the DC City Council and will continue to work on securing passage of the legislation which would eliminate this exclusion. Grantee for 1 year.
Jews United for Justice (local Jewish) – $15,000
This grant funds A Better Social Contract: Making Systemic Change to DC and Montgomery County to Benefit Women and Girls. Through their campaigns In DC and Montgomery County, they work to bring about a more just DC region by working for policies that disproportionately support women. They develop strong feminist leaders as women grassroots volunteers drive most of their programs and work bringing systemic change to our region. Grantee for 7 years (not consecutive).
ELIMINATE INEQUALITY IN GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMING
Adva Center (Israel) – $5,000
Bringing Gender Auditing Down to Earth- Local Government. Working with 3 municipalities, the Adva staff will work to raise the gender awareness of local officials, while conducting gender-audits. In addition, they will train officials and put in place a gradual process of integrating gender-auditing into all municipal departments. This process will provide a replicable model for other local authorities to adopt. Grantee for 9 years.
PREVENT RE-EMERGING GENDER SEGREGATION IN ISRAELI SOCIETY
Israel Women’s Network (Israel) – $5,000
Fighting Exclusion—Increasing Equality seeks to halt and eliminate all forms of exclusion of women from public spaces in Israel. IWN will promote policy, legislation and enforcement policies which eliminate the institutionalized exclusion of women in public spaces in Israel, to include academia, business, the Israel Defense Force and public services. Grantee for 6 years.