Global Fund for Children partners win international award for outstanding work with vulnerable girls

Nov 16, 2015, 14:44 ET from The Global Fund for Children

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five Global Fund for Children grassroots partners received the inaugural With and For Girls Award, a global award designed to identify and support strong, community-based, girl-driven organizations. The awards were given at a London ceremony on Monday, November 16, and the winners will also be recognized at the Trust Women Conference on November 17.

"Girls around the world face incredible challenges," said Susan Goodell, CEO of The Global Fund for Children (GFC). "We believe empowering girls through the work of grassroots organizations is the best way to reach the most vulnerable girls in the world. We could not be prouder of our partners for helping ensure that all girls—regardless of their circumstances—have their voices heard."

GFC finds and supports community-based organizations that transform the lives of vulnerable children worldwide. Last year, GFC supported 88 grassroots organizations in 35 countries that specifically address the needs of the most at-risk girls in their communities. GFC provided these organizations with $979,000 in cash grants, supplemented by capacity-building services to help them reach more girls and become sustainable community resources.

The five GFC partner winners are:

Asociación Movimiento de Mujeres por Nuestros Derechos Humanos (Villa El Carmen, Nicaragua): MOMUNDH focuses on preventing and responding to gender-based violence and promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights. Its services include support groups, temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence, and community advocacy.

Atina (Belgrade, Serbia): Atina works directly with survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation, helping them to overcome trauma, regain confidence, and fully reintegrate into society. Atina also helps survivors secure legal documentation, enroll in and pay for school, and find jobs that will provide long-term stability.

Aware Girls (Peshawar, Pakistan): Aware Girls raises awareness of girls' rights and builds the leadership skills of girls and young women in Pakistan through training courses on leadership, human rights, civic and political empowerment, addressing violence against women, and HIV/AIDS education.

Insan Association (Beirut, Lebanon): Insan Association promotes the rights of adolescent girls, especially those who are refugees or displaced, involved in domestic work, or sexually or physically abused, by moving them to safer environments and helping them to obtain education, legal aid, and psychosocial support.

Teen's Key (Hong Kong): Teen's Key empowers young women involved in or vulnerable to involvement in the sex industry. Through outreach (both in person and online), legal advice, health services, peer support groups, capacity-building workshops, and academic and occupational counseling, Teen's Key equips young women the tools they need to transform their lives.

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