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100 reasonsNow that we have got your attention let’s share with you 100 reasons to apply for a grant that will help support women and girls.

Take a look at the photo, each one of these women has a story, some have stories about lack of safety, some inequality, some poverty, some domestic violence and some are too afraid to say.

Our aim at 100 Women is to provide three grants of up to $30,000 that will support a world where all women and girls can live safely with access to health, education and economic freedom.

The 100 Women Advisory Board and Grants Sub-committee are excited to announce that Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for our 2016 grants.

The EOI Form and Grant Guidelines can be downloaded here. Note EOIs need to be returned via email by Monday, 25 July 2016.

The Grants Sub-committee – consisting of 100 Women members – will then review all EOIs and make recommendations to invite a select number of eligible organisations to submit full grant applications.

The EOIs that are successful clearly outline a compelling project for a specific beneficiary group.  Evidence of the problem being addressed and why that organisation is the best-placed applicant is provided.  Additionally, it is well defined that the program or activity is built on stakeholder support and consultation and measures of change and outcomes are built in.

We encourage you to refer to the 2016 Grant Guidelines for more details.  If you have any questions, please email info@100women.com.au.

Later in the year, all 100 Women members will be involved in a collective voting process to determine the three successful grant recipients.  An assessment summary will be provided about the grant finalists and members will be asked to have their say on where the money goes.

If you are not already a member, leverage your giving and become a high impact philanthropist by joining 100 Women today.

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Telethon Kids Institute and two international charities will receive vital funding of $99,950 via three grants from WA-based giving circle 100 Women, targeting employment, training and education.

The successful projects were chosen by giving circle members who each donated $1,200 to a collective grant fund to support women and girls.

Alicia Curtis, 100 Women Co-founder, says this year’s projects focus on safety, training, empowerment and development both locally and internationally. “All three grants aim to support women and girls to realise their potential” Alicia said.

“From improving the professional skills of Aboriginal women, to assisting female police officers in Cambodia to protect child crime victims, to educating young Cambodian women in science and maths – our members are helping make long-term change in the lives of women and communities.”

Telethon Kids Institute logoTelethon Kids Institute receive $39,450 towards the Remote Aboriginal Women Community Researcher project.

The project will train 10 Aboriginal women from remote communities across the Fitzroy Valley to become community researchers, exploring long-term intervention for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Each woman will be supported to complete a Certificate II in Community Health Research and will have access to valuable work experience for future careers in research.

Global Development Group receive two grants of $40,000 and $20,500 on behalf of their international partners: Cambodian Children’s Fund and Classroom of Hope..

cambodian children's fundCambodian Childrens Fund trains Cambodian female police officers in the Child Protection Unit.

24 female police officers will receive specialist training for interviewing child victims of serious crimes, assisting in the expedient arrest of offenders.

Each will learn how to obtain important facts and evidence from interviews, and importantly reduce the number of times children must recount crimes to local authorities.

classroom of hopeClassroom of Hope will support young women from rural Cambodia to participate in science and maths studies.

With local partner Kampuchean Action for Primary Education, this project empowers 10 young vulnerable women to undertake Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) studies in 2-year tertiary-vocational degrees.

Personal development training and career counseling will also be provided to ensure high employment rates upon graduation.

Alicia describes how 100 Women is the “first experience many members have in philanthropy”.

100 Women members take pride in being catalyst for positive change in the lives of women and girls everywhere.

For more information on each project, or to become a member, visit 100women.com.au.

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All 100 Women members including mini circle participants are warmly invited to join us for the presentation of the 2015 Grant Finalists at our members only Grants Information Evening on Tuesday 24 November, at Spacecubed.  Your individual invitation is awaiting you in your email inbox.

The Grants Subcommittee are hosting the evening and will present each project from the finalists, as well as provide information about how the grant assessment has worked and explain the process for member voting.  All 100 Women members collectively decide on the final grant recipients by voting for their preferred projects from the finalists.  Voting will be online and will be open from early December.

There will be plenty of chances for questions from the audience and the evening will be a great opportunity to connect and network with other 100 Women members.

In 2014 we invested over $100,000 in the empowerment of women and girls.  We would love to double our impact this year.  It is not too late to join us in making a significant impact in the lives of women and girls.  Encourage your family, friends and colleagues to join you in being an everyday philanthropist.

All information to join is available on our website here.

Thank you to Spacecubed who have kindly donated the venue for the event.

Kristy Rodwell

100 Women Advisory Committee Member and Grants Subcommittee Chair

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Thank you to all the organisations that submitted an Expression of Interest (EOIs) in our 2015 grant round.

EOIs closed last week and our grants subcommittee, comprising 100 Women members, will assess the submissions over the coming weeks. A diverse range of projects were highlighted in the EOIs, from organisations large and small located across Australia and the south-east Asian region.

Projects covered such areas as perinatal mental health, financial literacy, prosecution of serious crimes against children, sexual assault prevention, promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies for young women and community research training for Aboriginal women. It is a very exciting and inspiring time of the year when we get a glimpse of the great projects that are out there supporting women and girls.

At the same time, it is a reminder that there is so much more that needs to be done to ensure that all women and girls can live safely with access to health, education and economic freedom.

100 Women members collectively decide on the grant recipients. It is not too late to join us in making a significant impact in the lives of women and girls. Find out more by visiting our website.

Kristy Rodwell, 100 Women Advisory Committee Member and Grants Subcommittee

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“She’s helpless, she’s voiceless…If this happened to men, we would have foundations and supplies coming in from all over the world.
Ruth Kennedy – Nurse, Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, Ethiopia
Powerful women. Images of Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama instantly come to mind. But power is not solely defined by bank balance and influence. Powerful women also show courage, rising against insurmountable odds to come out on top when not a soul on this earth expected them to do so.
The book, Half the Sky, which inspired the creation of 100 Women, reports that women in developing countries are by nature hard working, gentle and less set in their ways than their male counterparts. Given the chance, women show more entrepreneurial ability and can change the outlook of the community they live in.
This is facilitated by many women and even young girls around the world thanks to organisations like 100 Women,who give meaningful grants to groups that bring light to women who would otherwise starve or perish from illness or neglect.
Imagine, a woman leading a country like Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq or Syria. War will not stop, as it never does. But greater efforts for peace and cultural change could become realised if these countries provided women with access to superior education, health care systems that catered to all classes and meaningful employment.
Photo taken from robinhoodtax.org.uk

Photo taken from robinhoodtax.org.uk

Panchratni of Jamodhi in India was relying on the sole income of her husband, not enough to feed her family each day and often went without basic necessities like food, as well as education, which everyone deserves to have in this modern world.
By using a small grant from the group, Opportunity International (a 2014 100 Women grant recipient), Panchratni was able to purchase some livestock, using them in the local fields to farm rice and wheat. By also selling the milk, her family now has the ability to feed themselves, educate the children and start a savings account. Not only has she helped her family, she is contributing to the economy of the village and, in a small way, India as a whole.
Mutki Bosco from Healing Fields, Opportunity International Partner in India

Mutki Bosco from Healing Fields, Opportunity International Partner in India

If more women in developing countries had the opportunity to not only help themselves, but have a fundamental role in the economic development of their local community, whole villages, provinces and countries would see the benefits. And there are a lot of women in these countries under repressive cultures who have the potential to achieve great things for their community and country.
100 Women grants make a real difference to the lives of thousands of poor, repressed and damaged women each year. But to unlock the full potential of these women requires donations from people like you and me, who want to change the world one small step at a time to rid us of famine and atrocities most of us never even hear about, but know they exist.
Article by Jason Findlay,
One of our valued male supporters and contributors
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