Women’s Fund Asia publishes its work, learnings and the work of our partners in an Annual Report each year. 2017-18 annual report will be the first narration of our work as Women’s Fund Asia.
New Journey, New Destinations. 8 March 2018 was a special International Women’s Day for us at South Asia Women’s Fund. With a new logo and a new name—Women’s Fund Asia (WFA)—we stepped into a bigger, broader world of work, reaffirming our commitment to supporting women and trans* rights and promoting feminist philanthropy in the larger Asia region. Our partners and donors embraced this new mission, as did our sister funds and other allies from other Asian feminist movements that work towards our common goal to realise the human rights of all women and trans* people throughout the region.
2016-17 was a year of tremendous growth at South Asia Women's Fund! SAWF expanded its work from South Asia to include 18 countries in South and South East Asia and Mongolia under the Leading from the South programme. This Annual Report attempts to showcase a snapshot of SAWF in transition, growing from a sub-regional fund to an Asia wide regional fund! It also celebrates our courageous partners from the past year who have been with us in this journey and contine to inspire us to do the work that we do! We also thank our donor partners, peers and other supporters, who have made this transformation possible.
2015-16 was significant for SAWF and we are excited to share our year with you. We raised a budget of $1 million for implementing our new thematic strategy, to support our partners who are working in increasingly repressive and dangerous contexts. We also wish to acknowledge the amazing work Nepali women's groups did on long term recovery and rehabilitation after the devastating earthquake in April 2014. SAWF held its largest annual regional feminist convergence yet, which brought together feminist activists and thinkers from across the region for exciting debates and discussions. The Annual Report for 2015-16 highlights these milestones with a special thank you to all our partners, donors and supporters, without whom many of our achievements would not have been possible.
The SAWF Annual Report for 2014 – 15 marks a decade of our philanthropic mission. This anniversary edition celebrates SAWF's journey, our grantee partners, our impressive work being undertaken on the ground, and our commitment to supporting women's rights in the region.
The year 2013 – 14 has been a milestone year for us at SAWF, in terms of both grant-making and fundraising. This year we crossed the one-million-dollar mark in grants across the region, as well as raised an unprecedented USD 4,000 at our annual fundraising event in Sri Lanka. In 2014 SAWF also completes a decade of grant-making. The Annual Report for 2013 – 14 highlights these milestones with a special thanks to all our partners, donors and supporters, without whom many of our achievements would not have been possible.
The Annual Report 2012 – 13 remembers Sunila Abeyesekera, one of the foremost feminists of the region, who’s passing away has deeply impacted SAWF's own work, given her position as our advisor on grant-making since July 2010. In this issue we pay our respects to Sunila, who will always be remembered and whose strong legacy of commitment, perseverance and passion shall endure and prevail.
For us at SAWF, 2011 – 12 has been a defining year in which, we believe we stepped into Phase II. Though tentative, with processes being built and SAWF still fine–tuning its understanding of its role, systems and mandate, this year has demonstrated clarity and value of the implementation of the strategic plan, and emphasised SAWF’s commitment to the women in the region.
The year 2010 – 11 has been an excellent year for SAWF. At the very outset of our second phase we completed our transition and laid the groundwork for the new programme strategies – a challenging task for everyone involved in the process. Our three main programmes – grant-making, institution building and donor mapping were all initiated this year!