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Every day, women across the world get labelled as misbehaving, angry, loud, aggressive, “out of line” and nagging when they speak up for their human rights. History shows us that the fight against sexism, injustice, discrimination, and violence doesn’t typically succeed by being reserved, hesitant, unambitious, and silent. More often than not, you have to be confrontational and audacious. You have to be pushy. At Mama Cash, we applaud our grantees for being pushy. In 2011, we continued to support women’s, girls’ and trans groups which work to challenge unjust standards and practices by acting cheeky, by being stubborn and provocative. They encounter a lot of resistance, but they will continue to fight to achieve a more just and equal world.

she’s pushy Mama Cash annual overview 2011

Photo: AMIHAN Northern Mindanao

Mama Cash supports groups which are marginalised by their communities and by mainstream social movements. We focus on offering structural and long-term support to build up organisations and to develop long-term strategies. >> We awarded 87 grants to 79 organisations and women's funds in 45 countries, totalling €3.55 million – an increase of 11% compared to 2010. >> We doubled our multi-year commitments to grantees: 24% of the grants we awarded were multi-year grants (21 out of 87), versus 11% in 2010. Lasting changes require collective action. Therefore, we do not just support independent organisations, but we link up groups and promote the exchange of expertise. >> In May 2011 in Nairobi, we brought together Eastern African grantees, allies, local activists and funders focused on lesbian, trans and sex workers rights, for a meeting on engaging with feminism. Participants shared strategies across movement borders and began crafting a regional agenda for addressing threats to the rights of sex workers and moves to criminalise homosexuality in East Africa. >> That very same month, all of the groups in our Voice portfolio assembled for our first Voice Convening in

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the Philippines. Activists from 20 countries exchanged expertise and experiences and gave feedback on Mama Cash’s Voice portfolio strategy. >> In September, Mama Cash and Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres convened representatives of 12 women's funds and 8 girls' organisations for the two-day Community of Practice meeting in Amsterdam. They discussed the needs and priorities of girl activists and forged alliances. We completed a midterm review of our 2009-2013 strategic plan. >> We gathered feedback from the groups we support, our contributors, institutional donors and staff members. Based on this feedback, we have fine-tuned our strategic goals, mapped our results and identified a number of key areas in which we need to strengthen our performance. We have developed new communication means to enhance political awareness on women's rights. >> We created two inspiring videos that document the work of our grantees, amplify their voices, and explain how the convenings we organise contribute to their work. >> We tripled our base of followers on Twitter (from 374 to 1,075) and more than doubled our Facebook fan base (from 736 to 1,534). Our English website has attracted visitors from nearly all countries in the world.

Sentra Advokasi Perempuan Difabel dan Anak – Indonesia

Danaya So – Mali

“We promote the independence “We’re building a sex workers’ women with a disability” rights movement”

‘Overnight, I became a woman with a disability’. That is the experience of many women in the Indonesian province of Yogyakarta, which has experienced many natural disasters in recent years. People’s lives changed overnight when earthquakes shook the area in 2006 and 2007. In 2010, Mount Merapi erupted, leaving many more women disabled. They struggle to ‘perform their duties’ as wives, mothers, housekeepers, and income earners. Often, this ‘devaluation’ – coupled with increased dependency – leaves them vulnerable to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. SAPDA is an organisation for, and led by, women with disabilities. It empowers and organises especially those women who are ‘newly disabled’, and supports their direct participation in negotiations with government and within women’s rights organisations. This twopronged strategy allows SAPDA to challenge stigma, discrimination, and isolation faced by women with disabilities at the grassroots and at the policy level. On the ground, SAPDA helps women with a disability to form groups for mutual support, and to open dialogues between women, their families, and their communities. At the policy level, SAPDA’s advocacy work has led to the provision of free state health insurance for people with disabilities in Yogyakarta, a service currently accessed by over 2,000 women in its network. By supporting women’s independence and refusing to accept their marginalisation, SAPDA is pushing the human rights of women with disabilities from the margins to the centre of social justice movements and policy agendas.

Danaya So (‘House of Trust’) has advocated for the human rights and labour rights of sex workers and their children in Mali since 2002. In the meantime, the organisation has grown to 3,000 members spread throughout Mali. National coordinator Marie Denou: “We stand up for the right to perform our work in safe conditions, without the risk of violence, extortion and discrimination by customers and police officers. We also work on the provision of better health care.” A few years ago, Danaya So developed the ‘health ticket’. “This ticket entitles sex workers to a monthly health check-up. We introduced it in collaboration with the police, after we had trained police officers to treat sex workers more humanely. The ticket has substantially improved sex worker's access to health care. Moreover, it appears that holders of such a ticket are now generally being treated much more respectfully by the authorities. They are less liable to being arrested randomly or being intimidated by police officers and health care workers.” In November 2011, Danaya So convened its first network meeting for sex workers’ organisations throughout French-speaking Africa. “The sharing of experiences was very useful. This network enables us to support each other in the fight for less isolation of sex workers and decriminalisation of sex work. Now, we are in touch via Skype and email, and we are planning our next meeting in Senegal or the Ivory Coast.”



In 2011, Mama Cash awarded 21 grants to groups that stand up for reproductive rights, that challenge violence against girls, women and trans people and that break through restrictive norms around gender and sexuality.

Mama Cash supported 24 organisations that are committed to economic rights for women, girls and trans people, regardless of whether they fight for better labour conditions, ownership and inheritance rights, or the right to access and use natural resources.


Nasawiya – Lebanon

Fondo de Mujeres Apthapi-Jopueti – Bolivia

“We are radical, unapologetic and pushy!”

“We encourage activism by indigenous women, young girls and trans people”

Nasawiya is a feminist collective which stands up against racism, sexism, class distinctions, corruption, prejudice and intolerance. “These are matters which have permeated Lebanese society”, according to coordinator Farah Salka. Nasawiya – the Arab word for feminism – started as a small group of young women's rights activists, but it is now becoming a national social movement.

Women's fund Apthapi-Jopueti Bolivia (FMBAJ) supports organisations which stand up for the rights of women, girls and trans people in Bolivia. FMBAJ has three focus areas. The first is the empowerment of indigenous and women in rural areas. The fund supports their political participation by awarding grants for education, including training courses on leadership and skill development. In 2011, for example, a grant from FMBAJ was used to train all members of the Organizacion Indigena Chiquitana in leadership, equal rights, indigenous autonomy and local legislation.

Over the past few years, Nasawiya has lobbied with a coalition of 50 organisations for an act that would declare domestic violence and rape within marriage punishable offences. “Although this act was never adopted, politics will never be the same again. We managed to mobilise a lot of support, and 1,000 sympathisers went out onto the street, which is impressive in a country where it is difficult to get people to budge.” An ever-increasing number of Lebanese endorse the importance of women's rights to physical and sexual self-determination. Nasawiya also focuses on the sectarian religious system. “The current Lebanese Constitution acknowledges 18 religious movements and allows each of them to apply its own type of family law. This system is a bad deal for women and weakens their collective struggle. We are pushing for one legal system that will guarantee the human rights of all women.” Moreover, Nasawiya is very active on the Internet and on social media. “We develop online campaigns which reach many people, mainly the young.”

The second FMBAJ programme focuses on young activists, such as Las Gafas Violetas (LGF) in Santa Cruz. These young feminists are fighting for a sexuality agenda which also includes the right to abortion, the separation of church and state, and the rights of lesbians. LGF uses street theatre and graffiti to enhance the social awareness on such topics. In 2011, the group organised a graffiti exhibition on the legalisation of abortion in the Santa Cruz Cathedral. Finally, FMBAJ funds groups which advocate for sexual diversity and trans rights. As such, the National Network of Travestis, Transsexual and Transgender Bolivian Women (TREBOL) received a grant to negotiate a protocol with the National Ombudsman regarding legal prosecution following complaints about the violation of human rights of trans women. The project has been successful: a protocol has been implemented!



Mama Cash awarded 18 grants to organisations that encourage women, girls and trans people to raise their voices and to demand control – mainly in fundamentalist and militarised communities.

In 2011, Mama Cash awarded 24 grants to women’s funds all over the world which are working on enhancing feminist activism in their region.

2011 in figures Where did the money go? Of our total expenditures, which amounted to nearly 6.3 million euros, we spent 5.2 million euros (82%) on securing our objectives. Over €3.5 million of it went directly to the 79 women, girls and trans groups and women's funds that we supported. This amount was nearly €150,000 higher than we had budgeted for 2011, which is an increase of nearly 11% over 2010.

Number of grants and total grant amounts per portfolio




Body Money Voice Women’s Funds

In 2011, Mama Cash had €6,275,000 in total income, which was 5% more than we had projected. Approximately one-third (32%) came from grants from the Dutch, Swedish and Irish governments. We also received grants from 14 private foundations, which represent 31% of our total revenue. Gifts from individual donors amounted to 29% of our revenue.



The remaining 1.65 million euros were used to provide accompaniment support, facilitate the exchange of expertise between groups, and leverage financial support for women’s, girls’ and trans organisations through our activities in the area of influencing philanthropy.

Where did the money come from?




Number of grants and total grant amounts per region

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Africa Asia & Pacific 19 Europe & CIS Latin America & the Caribbean Middle East & Maghreb Other (cross-regional & international)


Thank you! We are very grateful to all of our supporters in 2011. Our donors made it possible for us to offer financial and organisational support to 79 women’s, girls’ and trans groups and women's funds all over the world so they can carry out their ambitious, brave work to advance their rights and change the world!

Income sources 2011

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Further information Please find the complete English version of our annual report She’s pushy and detailed annual figures on 2011 on: Would you prefer to receive a printed copy of our annual report 2011? Please email, or call Janine van Doorn at +31 (0) 20 515 87 00.


Individuals Private and public foundations Third parties Government Other income



Mama Cash Annual overview 2011 - English summary  

English summary of Mama Cash's annual report 2011

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