Background

This initiative, emerging from close to a decade of engagement with women’s organizations in Europe, was built on recent analysis of funding streams as well as long standing discussions with women’s funds, their constituencies and sub-grantees at national level.

  • 2017:  Fondation CHANEL together with the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) started discussing the lack of funding for the women’s movement across Europe alongside several national research initiatives.
  • 2019:   Study found that the European women’s movement experiences a lack of funding due to a variety of factors, including the external allocation of EU and European funds for gender equality, a low number of private foundations limited allocation of funds from governments impacted further by austerity and a lack of an individual philanthropy culture in many countries.
  • 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic has struck Europe and its citizens leading to a dramatic increase of Violence Against Women (VAW) and high impact of economic and social crisis.