Focus Area
Gender Equity
Local Partners
We currently partner with 58 local organizations in 21 countries that work toward gender equity by promoting girls’ education, leadership development, mentorships, entrepreneurship, and skills training; providing sexual and reproductive health education and resources; conducting community advocacy and outreach; providing safe spaces and rehabilitation for survivors of gender-based violence, sexual abuse, and exploitation; and serving the unique needs of LGBTQ youth.

Young people have the right to protect their bodies, raise their voices, and define their futures. But millions are denied these rights every day. We work to ensure that all children – regardless of their gender or their sexual identity – can be safe, learn, lead, and thrive.

Around the world, girls, young women, and LGBTQ youth – particularly those who are ethnic minorities or refugees, live in rural areas, or belong to other highly marginalized populations – face exclusion, violence, and discrimination. Too often, they are left out of decisions that determine their futures. At Global Fund for Children, we defend the right of all children to live free from discrimination and harmful gender-based attitudes and practices.

We believe that investing in girls delivers invaluable returns to the girls themselves, their families, and their communities, while confronting historical inequalities in societies worldwide. We also believe that traditional gender norms limit the full range of possibilities for boys and young men.

Through the work of our local partners, we support girls’ education, sexual and reproductive health and rights, redefining masculinity, and the eradication of gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices, including child marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting. Our strategies engage entire communities – including parents, schools, community leaders, and local and national governments – to work collectively toward gender justice. We equip girls with knowledge and skills that will help them lead independent lives and empower them to become agents of change, while ensuring the men and boys in their lives are engaged in building a more equitable world.

We also support programs that specifically address the needs of LGBTQ youth and help them achieve equal rights around the world.

Our local partners provide shelter to LGBTQ youth who are fleeing violence or persecution, run LGBTQ support groups and summer camps, and offer essential health information and services. Our commitment to gender equity also values advocacy on sexual rights and sexual and gender identity, helping to create a safe and welcoming world for all children and youth.

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Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

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