100 Women award $184,735 in grants following a milestone year

Having just a few months ago achieved a major milestone of raising more than $1 million in grant funding; our philanthropic giving circle has awarded five grants and two cash donations totalling $184,735 at our recent Gala Celebration on 28 October. The 2022 grant recipients were shortlisted from a competitive field of more than 100 applications from Australian organisations running local, national and global grassroots initiatives. 

The projects funded include crisis response and intervention of sex trafficking and exploitation of thousands of girls in Cambodia; high school and holistic support for 50 Ugandan girls; workshops and peer support for almost 200 victims of Family and Domestic Violence in Perth; five birthing huts, 50 birthing attendants and school education for 25 remote villages in Papua New Guinea; and training in respectful relationships, sexual health and equality for a group of 35 CaLD teen girls in Perth.

18,839 women and girls will be directly supported through these five incredible projects in 2023.

The two remaining finalists, Dress for Success (previous 100 Women grant recipients) and Broome CIRCLE, have each received a cash donation of $500 from 100 Women.

100 Women Co-Founder, Alicia Curtis, said these organisations do so much to support women and girls in Australia and around the world.

“After devastating effects of COVID, particularly on women and girls, this funding support provided both in Australia and overseas is vital to ensure we end the discrimination against women.  Our members are passionate about leading this change and giving everyone the chance to be safe, achieve their potential and thrive. These grants don’t happen without our members and volunteers.”

Alicia Curtis

Every year, a dozen 100 Women members are invited to participate in the grant review process with our grant making committee.  All members are then invited to vote on which of the finalists they would like funded. More than 200 members took part in the voting process in September this year.

Earlier this year 100 Women secured a national brand partnership with Ostelin, Australia’s leading Vitamin D and Bone Health Brand^, which matched members’ donations up to $90,000 in 2022.

General Manager of Sanofi Consumer Healthcare (Ostelin’s parent company), Gladys Peters, said that Ostelin and 100 Women are closely aligned in their shared desire to help empower women and girls to feel stronger.

“Supporting 100 Women reflects Ostelin’s long-term commitment to empowering women and girls through ‘Project Strong,’. We couldn’t be prouder to see the direct impact that 100 Women’s grants have on supporting this cause through greater access to health, education, safety, and economic freedom. It is critical that we all work together to help remove the barriers that are holding women back and celebrate women’s strength in all forms.

Gladys Peters

Since 2014, 100 Women have provided financial support to 29 organisations around the world with initiatives that have empowered almost 16,000 women and girls. With these next 5 grants in place, this will increase to almost 35,000.

2022 Grant Recipients

AusCam Freedom Project – Cambodia received $25,350 to provide a crisis response and intervention for up to 1,000 girl victims of sex trafficking and exploitation, as well as the integration of current education and mentoring programs into a web-based platform supporting approximately 5,000 girls.

Midland Women’s Health Care Place – Perth received $39, 940 for “Strength to Strength” – a 3 stage program which supports 192 victim survivors of Family and Domestic Violence through peer group support and integrated care services.

Living Child – Papua New Guinea received $39,952 to build and fit out five stand-alone birthing huts in five remote villages. The birthing huts will offer a clean space for labour and birth. The project will also provide lifesaving training to 50 local village birth attendants (VBA) and leadership training for 12 VBAs and education for 12,500 girls and women.

Sexual Health Quarters – Perth received $39,110 to fund The HERS Project, a series of six workshops for 35 CALD women aged between 13 and 25, to educate and empower the women on a range of topics related to sexual health, respectful relationships and gender equality.

School for Life – Uganda received $39,383 toward the Advancing Girls Education project which is designed to provide education, wellbeing and support activities for a class of 50 girls transitioning from primary school into their first year of high school and boarding in rural Uganda in 2023.

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