With and For Girls Collective

The Collective is a group of justice funders committed to resourcing girls activism for the long term. Together, the collective resources the With and For Girls Fund, using these insights to influence and advocate across philanthropic and development spaces for more and better resources and programmatic practices with and for girls. Made up of Womens Funds, International NGOs, Public and Private Foundations, the WFG Collective is the only collaborative of its kind, drawing from different points in the girls funding ecosystem

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Girls and gender-expansive youth have been organising, resisting, and agitating in their communities for millennia. They are on the frontlines in struggles for freedom and liberation, fighting for their human rights, access to education, sexual and reproductive rights, spaces for political voice, the end to child marriage and gender-based violence, and responding to crises. From Africa’s anti-colonial movements to the Arab spring to climate justice organising and everything in between - their resistance has always sparked and sustained transformational change. And yet, too often girls and gender-expansive youth are separated from resources and shut out from decision-making spaces, their power deliberately obscured and hidden from view.

In an effort to support their brave and powerful resistance, the With and For Girls Collective (WFG-Collective) is dedicated to learning and transforming their own grantmaking practices and reorganizing power and resources to drive more resources to girls and gender-expansive youth’s politicised work.

Our Collective Agenda

  • Develop a grounded community of learning to catalyse transformation of our funding practices in our institutions to recenter girls and gender-expansive youth power and decision making.
  • Through our collective efforts, influence and advocate across philanthropic and development spaces for more and better representation, resources, and practices with and for girls and gender-expansive youth.

Our Collective Agenda

  • Funders across the girls and youth funding ecosystem[1] track their data so as to move more and better resources to girls and gender-expansive youth & to hold funders accountable to their commitments to girls and gender-expansive youth.
  • Funders formalise accountability to girls and gender-expansive youth in their grant-making.
  • Through dynamic learning spaces, WFG partners and others across the ecosystem, transform their grantmaking practices and make the case for resourcing girls and gender-expansive youth’s politicised work.
[1] As defined by the Where is the Money for Adolescent Girls Research

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