Sally Nuamah on how punishment against black girls impacts our democracy

As an undergraduate student at George Washington University, Sally Nuamah studied abroad in Ghana and observed the numerous barriers to achievement girls faced as they attended schools designed without them in mind.

This experience sparked her interest in researching black women and girls’ education and led her to create a documentary on the lives of girls in Ghana. Nuamah founded an organization, the TWII Foundation, that has supported around 30 girls with the resources they need to achieve. In fact, the screenings from her documentary raised money to send the three girls in the film to college.

Her scholarship centers on black women and girls and education, and she has received national attention for it. During her one year as an assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Nuamah was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 in education, a Chron15 pioneer and a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Now, she’ll be pursuing her studies as an assistant professor at the Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy.

Read more at The Chronicle. 

FRIDA Call for Proposals: Meaningful Teenage Girl and LGBTQA Youth Engagement

Call for Proposals – Internal Policies and Procedures for Meaningful Teenage Girl and LGBTQA Youth Engagement

Location: Flexible

Duration: 3 month contract

Application Deadline – July 7, 2019

Application here


Founded in 2010, FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is the only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas across the globe. We believe in thecollective power, expertise, and innovation of young feminist organizers to address root causes and structures of inequality in order to create lasting change in their communities. To this end, FRIDA:

  • Provides small flexible grants to fund initiatives led by girls, young women, trans* and intersex youth under 30 years old with small flexible grants for core support, selected through an annual participatory review process.

  • Offers opportunities for capacity development that are accessible and responsive to the needs of young feminist organizers, and based on linking and learning relationships that strengthen networks of young feminist activists within multigenerational movements;

  • Mobilizes resources from both traditional and non-traditional sources, with new and modern methods, to enhance the quality and quantity of funding for women’s human rights; and

  • Builds knowledge for advocacy to ensure financial and non-financial policies are inclusive and responsive to the priorities articulated by girls, young women, trans* and intersex youth.


Since the very first grantmaking cycle, FRIDA has been funding and supporting young feminist groups led by  or centered on teenage girl groups representing different identities and backgrounds. Overall FRIDA funded and supported around 95 girl-led, teenage LGBTQA or girls-centered groups.

At FRIDA we believe in the transforming power of girls and LGBTQA youth activists to fully participate in social justice movements. FRIDA promotes meaningful teenage girl and LGBTQA engagement in its governance and it ensures a representation of girl and LGBTQA expertise in the Advisory Committee. Advisors represented by teenage girls and LGBTQA youth bring their expertise and  perspectives to shape FRIDA’s support to girl led, LGBTQA youth and girl focused groups. They play a key role in advising on girl, LGBTQA issues, supporting with specific outreach in each region, participate in projects and represent FRIDA at advocacy and philanthropy events.

FRIDA is requesting proposals for a consultant who would support in reviewing existing meaningful teenage girl and LGBTQA engagement practices at FRIDA, especially from legal standpoints for safeguarding and recommend what gaps needs to be addressed.


  • Work closely with key staff members girl advisors, grantee partners and board members address any institutional risks, particularly safeguarding and other legal gaps. This will include development of relevant policies, protocols that might include child protection, ethical and labour code working with activists under 18 years old

  • Document and improve existing strategies and approaches to girl engagement, child participation, and child protection

  • Potentially develop girl and queer friendly information that is accessible and relevant to their contexts

  • Organize and deliver online webinars and if needed in-person trainings for FRIDA staff and FRIDA community

  • Advise on legal aspects of meaningful participation of activists under 18 years old in FRIDA’s governance, including Board, Advisory Committee

  • Advise on FRIDA’s grantmaking and document the actual legal process of awarding grants, transferring funds, and providing tailored support to girl-led groups.

  • Advise on FRIDA’s monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, advocacy when it comes to supporting teenage girls and LGBTQA youth participation.


1. An organizational audit of current policies and standards at FRIDA

2. Based on the audit, 2-3 most significant or urgent policies (new or revised) for work with teenage girls and LGBTIQ youth, these could include:

  • Ethical standards for working with minors
  • A whistleblower policy
  • A child protection policy
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Protocol related to labour laws re: to adolescents and how payment regulations look like for activists under 18

3. Train staff, advisors, board and wider FRIDA community in do no harm approaches (child protection policies etc)


  • The ideal candidate will have experience in the development of child rights policies and guidelines working with activists under 18 years old.
  • Knowledge of international and regional child protection mechanisms and guidelines working with activists under 18 years old.

  • Experience in engaging /  being part of girl-led groups or building girl-adult partnerships.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, familiarity with databases, information management systems and ability to maintain well organized and documented files.

  • Good interpersonal skills, with ability to network,  liaise in a multicultural environment; and work remotely.

  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting young feminist-led organizing, girls, women’s and LGBTQAI+ rights, youth issues.

  • Knowledge of community training, evaluation and documentation

  • Fluency in reading and writing in English.


  • Knowledge of Canadian laws (where FRIDA is legally registered) to ensure compliance and consistency of developed procedures

  • Experience in the Global South, at least in one of the five regions where FRIDA operates

  • Experience in building and maintaining participatory, inclusive and meaningful engagement with girl activists, groups and their communities, including parents.

  • Fluency in any of the following languages* (i.e. French, Arabic and Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese are desirable).


FRIDA has budgeted approximately 2000 USD for a three-month consultancy, but envisions that this could be a multi-phase project with additional budget. We appreciate hearing from the proposals’ thoughts on this.


Please submit your application on BambooHR. Link shared on FRIDA website.

1) Please send your Proposal, including estimated costs and timeline

2) Resume or CV

3) Two references

To learn more about FRIDA, please visit our website at

To apply, please visit this website.

FRIDA encourages, promotes and supports diversity in all aspects of its work. Young women and trans youth under the age of 30 from the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply.

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is hiring!

Dear Friends,

After reorganizing internally, we have updated the role to Director of Operations and ask that you forward this email far and wide to your community. Feel free to direct friends to our website as well. Thank you in advance.

GGE is seeking a full-time Director of Operations to join our team. This is a remarkable position for an effective and experienced leader in social justice organizations with a focus and commitment to anti-racist, feminist/womanist/queer, and youth development work.  The Director of Operations is the leader responsible for increasing GGE’s capacity to fulfill its mission and manage its operations and finance efficiently and effectively, serving as a senior-level thought partner, mentor, and leader for the organization.  The Director of Operations is responsible for the administrative operations of GGE and oversees finance, human resources, IT, facilities as well as legal and insurance issues.

As the organization grows, this position has room to develop into a Chief Operating Officer or Chief Finance Officer role.  Director of Operations

How to Apply:

All applications will be received via email.  No phone calls or snail mail, please. 

All applications must include (in PDF format):

  • Resume
  • Thoughtful cover letter (including how you became aware of this opportunity: job portal, referral, etc.)
  • Desired salary range

E-mail applications to:

Subject Line: Director of Operations/YOUR NAME

Application deadline is Monday, June 3, 2019 at 5:00pm, EST


A Long Walk Home at CREA Reconference

A Long Walk Home was the only group selected from the United States to present in Kathmandu, Nepal at the CREA Reconference: Rethink, Reimagine, Reboot April 10-12. From the support of With and For Girls, an international collective of funders (EMpower, Mama Cash, Nike Foundation, NoVo Foundation, Plan UK, Stars Foundation, The Global Fund for Children and The Malala Fund) Girl/Friends will join other young girl activists from Mexico, Indonesia, Haiti, Turkey, Egypt, Russia, and many more to reimagine change and transformation and reboot a movement.

Learn more about A Long Walk Home here. 

Learn more about CREA Reconference here.


Got Consent Takeover by A Long Walk Home

A message from A Long Walk Home:

We would like to thank all of our participants for joining us for Got Consent Takeover by standing in solidarity with Black girls and survivors everywhere as R Kelly made his first appearance in court for sexual abuse charges on March 22. We will continue to put survivors first and fight for justice as the trial continues, and as Black girls and women continue to share their stories. Here is a snapshot of some of our A Long Walk Home family, friends, and allies, as they stand in solidarity with Black girls & survivors!

Check out photos from the takeover below:

Do Women Of Color Philanthropists Give Differently From Their White Counterparts?

The intersection of race, gender and giving started a few years back, when philanthropists started to focus on channeling more money to women and girls of color. Inside Philanthropy last year reported that women and girls of color receive only 2% of philanthropic pie, even though they make up 19% of the U.S. population. Initiatives such as Grantmakers for Girls of Color begin to address the gap. As women of color philanthropists begin to rise, they hold tremendous power to close the funding gap even further.

In order to support women of color philanthropists effectively, it is important to understand if their giving patterns, journeys and experiences are different from their white counterparts. Research published yesterday by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI), Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color, explored these differences. The quantitative part of the study found that giving patterns are very similar across ethnicities and races, but the qualitative part – in-depth case studies with six women of color philanthropists – articulated the subtle differences between them and their white counterparts.

Read more at Forbes

How Philanthropy Can Advance the Urgent Needs of Women and Girls of Color

International Women’s Day gives us an opportune moment to pause and recognize the achievements of girls and women across the globe. In philanthropy, we must celebrate the fact that women of color are an ever-growing force to be reckoned with — representing nearly one fifth of the philanthropic work force.

This is a moment to pause and reflect on all we must still achieve to create a world where every girl and every woman is able to realize her potential and tap into her innate powers. We also believe it is a perfect time for all of us in philanthropy to deepen our accountability to the people we seek to serve in the name of equity and justice.

Read more at the Chronicle of Philanthropy. 

With and For Girls Collective: Lessons from a Collaborative Approach to Funding With and For Girls

Since its inception in 2014, the With and For Girls Collective; a group of funders who want to see a world where girls are heard, respected, able to access services and are included in decision-making processes that affect them; has had the incredible privilege to support, work alongside, and learn from girls and their organisations, through their unrelenting work to serve their communities and have their voices heard. They continue to show us every day why it is so important for philanthropic funding to support girl-led groups.

Despite the critical role that women and girls play in sustainable development, the World Bank estimates that less than 2 cents of every $1 spent on international aid is directed towards adolescent girls. As a Collective, we believe funders can, and must, play a leadership role in addressing the lack of resources available to grassroots girl-centred and girl-led organisations who we know are still under-recognised, under-represented and under-funded. To further our learning as a Collective we embarked on an independent evaluation to improve, not only our own processes, but also to encourage other donors to take similar steps in centering powerful girl-led groups and understand why grassroots girl-led and girl-centred organisations need to be supported by flexible funding to propel transformational change towards a more equitable world.

Involving girls, in decision-making is at the core of the Collective’s philosophy, and such we ensured that girls’ voices were a fundamental part of this process. Twelve girls from Kenya and Nepal, from previous winning organisations, participated in the research by interviewing the past award winners, and providing us with valuable insights on how the Collective can continue to improve itself while keeping grassroots groups’ and girls’ voices at the fore.

We’re excited to share our learnings, key findings and recommendations that include:

Selecting girl-led groups and what they receive:

We work directly with grassroots, girl-led and girl-centred organisations with annual incomes between $20,000 and $500,000. The With and For Girls Awards identify strong organisations with girls at their centre and provides them with flexible funding, profile raising opportunities and training.

The research confirms the Collective has made significant strides to achieve increased recognition and resources available to strong girl-led and girl-centered organisations through involving and amplifying the voices and perspectives of girls.

In terms of the collective approach to funding, the research has recommended that:

More time considerations be given to the complexities of working collaboratively, as this takes more time and planning than working alone.

  • Clearly articulate, as part of the criteria for bringing on new Strategic Partners, the element of shared principles, values and ways of working
  • As a Collective, build and generate knowledge and evidence on the resource needs of girls, and on the available financing for girl-led groups as well as other information linked to the work of girl-led organisations.

Girls to the Front:

Building on our Strategic Partners Mama Cash and FRIDA’s report ‘Girls To the Front’, this research highlights the value and insistence of the Collective in the participation and agency of girls throughout the process where a group of adolescent girls provide meaningful input throughout the selection process. Girls from our network have final decision-making power on which organisations receive funding, which demonstrates our belief that they are best placed to understand which organisations best support the advancement of girls in the face of extremely challenging circumstances and pervasive discrimination.

By elevating these organisations in spaces of influence, the With and For Girls Collective aims that donors will recognise the critical insight of grassroots development initiatives that prioritise girls’ participation, and that more donors might join forces to support similar efforts in ways that unlock the power and potential of local organisations and the girls they work with.

From the research recommendations the Collective should consider increasing the participation of award winners and girl panellists, including creating a girl-led advisory panel to increase girls’ participation in governance of the Collective.

What funders can/must do to support groups beyond funding:

The research highlighted the increased recognition and resources available through the award package and the efforts of the Collective to ensure girls and representatives of Winners spoke at key sector events and accessed additional funds, ensuring increased visibility and collaboration.

It also highlighted the need to share with the broader community on how the Collective applies feminist principles and a rights based approach to philanthropy, such as:

  • innovative sourcing to find and fund lesser known and new organisations;
  • success of the flexible and pooled funds structure;
  • creating mechanisms to allow the Collective to give awards to groups that each of the individual donors might consider too risky;
  • working solidly as a learning Collective.

It is through cultivating a network of inspiring funders with the same unifying ethos and drive that the Collective has been able to be effective in responding to adolescent girls needs. Through building the capacity of funders to give flexible, unrestricted funding in all regions of the world, we look forward to a future where girls live and thrive in enabling environments where they are heard, respected and see equality and justice in their communities.

Download the Executive Summary

Download the Full Report

With and For Girls has found a new home and now sits within Purposeful, you can read more about these organisational changes here. We need you to opt-in to our newsletter to continue receiving news from With and For Girls, including when we launch our 2019 awards, news from award winners, opportunities for learning and funding and sector-specific news.

Start From the Ground Up: Increasing Support for Girls of Color

This is a webinar focused around the breakthrough research we undertook with partners Frontline Solutions and CLASP to better understand the landscape of philanthropy’s current investment in girls of color and steps we may take in substantially increasing this investment.

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Link to webinar (starts at the 6 minute mark)

Link to presentation 

Smashing the patriarchy: leading and learning from girl activists

It is so often in this world that decisions are made about girls without their input, from who they marry to whether they receive an education, to what does and doesn’t happen to their bodies. Last month With and For Girls brought together 12 activists from Kenya, Guatemala, Palestine, Nicaragua, Poland, Barbados, Israel, Romania, USA and Nepal to put on a closing plenary at the Human Rights Funders Network conference in Mexico City.
Girls all around the world are leading human rights movements toward a safer and more equal world. They work tirelessly and are under-recognised, under-estimated and underfunded.

Watch a video of this convening here