16 days of Activism


African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grant-making foundation which supports local, national and regional organisations in Africa working towards women’s empowerment. AWDF through institutional capacity building and programme development seeks to build a culture of learning and partnerships within the African women’s movement..  The vision of the AWDF is for African women to live in a world in which there is social justice, equality and respect for women’s human rights.  To this end, our mission is to mobilise financial resources to support local, national and international initiatives led by women, which will lead to the achievement of this vision.

16 days of activation WILDAF(GHANA)

16 days of activation WILDAF(GHANA)

The grant for 16 Days of Activism against Violence is one of AWDF’s Special Projects Initiative. Other projects under the special projects include World AIDS Day, Solidarity Fund and the Small Grants Program.


Violence against women in Africa is endemic to an extent that some are even considered a way of life particularly domestic violence. Women and girls in Africa are subjected to violence of many forms, including rape, Female Genital Mutilation, sexual assault, human trafficking and widowhood rites. Violence against women occurs in all aspects of women’s lives and encompasses abuse of women’s civil, cultural, economic, social and political rights. AWDF as part of it’s grant making gives support to Women’s Groups and organisations to collectively raise awareness of the plight of African Women as far violence is concerned.

Since 2003 the African Women’s Development Fund has been awarding grants in November/December to support the campaign for the International Day of Activism against Gender Violence. The objective of this grant is to enable African Women’s Organisations working to eliminate violence against women coordinate activities to commemorate the event. In addition, the grants awarded is
to strengthen a Pan African Women’s Network on violence against women  to develop into an effective mechanism for social transformation through networks and to create opportunities for a network of women’s organisations across Africa to lend their voices to a critical international campaign.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence begins on November 25th -.December 10th.  November 25th is an internationally recognised day of protest against violence against women. It is a day chosen to commemorate the death of three Mirabel sisters who were detained, tortured and assassinated in 1960 in the Dominican Republic. It also commemorates the deaths of 14 young female engineering students who were shot dead in 1960 by a gunman at Montreal University in Canada for being feminists.

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Prospective beneficiaries of the 16 Days have to meet the following criteria:

Organisations could be local, national, sub-regional or regional African women’s organizations, from any part of Africa.
Women’s groups have to be led and managed by women.
Organisations/groups should have been in existence for at least three years.
Local women’s organisations should send the names of two referees, one of whom should be a member of a women’s organisation that operates nationally.

Size of Grant

AWDF’s special grant for an activity to commemorate 16 Days of Activism against gender Violence does not exceed US$1000 (one thousand US dollars).

How long Does it Take?
AWDF calls for proposals for 16 Days in July (1st – 31st)

How to Apply:


The AWDF requires basic and specific information about applying organisations’ composition, and purposes in order to consider a request. Applications must also indicate how its work on 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence can be supported with a grant from the African Women’s Development Fund.  The following information is required from interested applicants:


1.Name of Organisation
2.Contact person’s name and title
3.Address (Postal and Physical)
4.Telephone and FAX number
5.E-mail address, and Website address (if any)
6.Who completed this proposal? Please sign and date
7.How did your organisation learn about the African Women’s Development Fund?


What are your organisation’s main goals?
a.What are your organisation’s main goals?
b.When was your organisation formed/
c.Who started your organisation and why?
d.Is your organisation local, national, sub – regional, or regional?
e.Who are the main beneficiaries of your organisation’s activities?


a.How many people participate in your organisation? Do you have members? If so, how many? How many are women? What are their positions?
b.Is your organisation a women’s organization? If not, please explain the role women play in making decisions about your organisation’s activities.

Activities and / or programs

a.What would you describe as the key areas of work for your organisation, i.e. women’s human rights issues, economic empowerment, etc?
b.Describe your organisations past activities and / or programs
c.Describe your organisations present activities and /or programs
d.How does the project you are apply for fit into those plans?

Grant Request Information

a.How much money are you applying for?
b.Project Description
c.Project Justification
d.Provide a detailed budget for the project, if you have prepared the budget using your local currency; please include the US dollar equivalent.


Examples of Grants Awarded:

Country: Ghana
Organisation: Foundation for Female Photojournalists (FFP)
Grant Awarded: US$500 for posters on violence against women using photographs of victims.

Country: Nigeria
Organisation: Project Alert
Grant Awarded: US$800 to compile and publish a magazine entitled “No Safe Haven” on violence against women.

Country: Tanzania
Organisation: Zanzibar Association for Children’s Advancement (ZACA)
Grant Awarded: US$500 for seminar on domestic violence

Country: Zimbabwe
Organisation: Zimbabwe Women’s resource Centre
Grant Awarded: US$1000 to organise a seminar on gender and budgeting

Country: Gambia
Organisation: Women’s Association for Counseling and Rehabilitation (WCAR)
Grant Awarded: US$600 for a youth conference on women’s rights and peace building.

Country: Kenya
Organisation: Abantu for Development
Grant Awarded: US$750.00 for a reflection seminar on raising awareness on violence against women in Kangemi.

Country: Senegal
Organisation: WILDAF
Grant Awarded: US$300 for sensitization campaign on violence against women.

Country: Mauritius
Organisation: S.O.S. Femmes
Grant Awarded: US$1000 for a conference on the impact of religion on Domestic violence in Mauritania

Country: Nigeria
Organisation: Women’s Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON)
Grant Awarded: US$1000 for a campaign on the trafficking of women and children

Country: Mali
Organisation: Association pour le Progres et la Defense des Droits de la Femme (APDF)
Grant Awarded: US$1000 for a competition and painting exhibition on violence against women.


The AWDF is not affiliated to any government, regional/international agency, political party or religious body. It is an autonomous initiative set up by three African Women who have been active in various institutions within and outside Africa. They also have a track record of successful empowerment interventions, which have helped strengthen the African Women’s Movement. The founders are Ms. Joana Foster (Ghana), Dr. Hilda Tadria (Uganda/Ethiopia) and Ms. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi (UK/Nigeria).

The objectives of the AWDF are:

Fundraising within and outside Africa.
Grant-making on an Africa-wide basis.
Communication, focusing on the work and achievements of African women’s organisations.
Providing Technical assistance to strengthen grantee organisations.

AWDF Grant-Making Guidelines

The AWDF raises funds and makes grants to local, national, sub-regional and regional organisations in Africa working towards women’s empowerment. The AWDF is also an institutional capacity-building and programme development fund, which aims at building a culture of learning and partnerships within the African women’s movement. In addition to raising money and awarding grants, the AWDF strengthens the organisational capacities of its grantees.

The AWDF funds work in five thematic areas:

Women’s Human  Rights.
Women’s Health & Reproductive Rights & HIV/ AIDS.
Economic Empowerment.
Political Participation.
Peace Building.

The AWDF prioritises programmes, which develop and promote women’s leadership and advocacy across all these thematic areas. These thematic areas have been chosen because they are priority issues for African women.

Source of Funding:

AWDF receives its funding from international institutional donors, private foundations, sister funds and individual donors.

The AWDF will not support the following projects:

Women’s groups that aim to convert people to any religious belief.
Political parties or women’s wings of political parties.
Government departments.
Scholarships and fellowships for studies.
Women’s groups which are not led by women.

Applications should be submitted to the following addresses:

The Programme Officer (Special Projects)
African Women’s Development Fund
Plot Number 78,
Ambassadorial Enclave,
East Legon – Ghana

Mailing Address
PMB CT 89 Cantonments,
Accra, Ghana.

Tel: +233 21 521257//+233 21 923626/+233 21 28 722006
Email: grants@awdf.org
Website: http://www.awdf.org