By Abigail Ruane, WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security Programme Director
Some of the participants of the 2018 Money and Movements Convening in Nairobi, Kenya (Photo: CountMe In! Consortium)
On 11-13 April 2018, WILPF participated in the Count Me In! Consortium’s “Money and Movements” workshop in Naivasha, Kenya. Building on our work to #MoveTheMoney from war to gender justice and peace, WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security Programme Director Abigail Ruane joined over 100 activists and donors from around the world to identify strategies for creating a transformative funding ecosystem.
Participants at the convening explored how different actors could fit into an ecosystem that funds feminist action through differentiated but coordinated roles. Immediate recommendations included strengthening donors’ reasons to trust women, building donors’ capacity and accountability to feminist movements, and ensuring civil society self-sustainability by working to increase self-generated resources beyond traditional grants. Recognising that money is deeply connected to power, participants called for longer-term strategic and coordinated action to support system change that transforms gendered power, including by building alliances for just systems and promoting policy coherence around issues including military spending and extractive resources.
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