In recent years, funding for organisations promoting equal rights and opportunities for women and girls has dramatically decreased, despite the role these organisations play in bringing the goal of gender equality closer to reality by highlighting and confronting the inequality and injustice facing women in their day to day lives. The sociocultural, economic and political processes of change around this issue cannot be enacted solely by imposition by governments alone. They must be brought about through broad change within society as a whole.
Investing in women and giving them economic and social independence and parity boosts economic growth, safety and security, and political stability. Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) was set up in 2012 with the aim of improving the position of women and girls in developing countries, by focusing on these 3 main priorities:
- Promote security by combating violence against women and actively involving women in the political and economic processes of peace, security and reconstruction in troubled areas of the world
- Promote economic self-reliance, with initiatives to give women a say in food security, employment and property rights, as well as fundamentals of an existence such as access to safe drinking water and secure housing.
- Encourage the participation and representation of women in politics and public life to enact wider policies across the political spectrum.
Female leadership is a vital instrument to achieve these three objectives, and FLOW is dedicated to advocating for it across all initiatives.