The Vanguard Factor
Global Fund for Women: Purposeful Partnering towards Freedom from Violence
Concurrent Session
September 23, 2021 | 12:00 pm | Concurrent Sessions I: 3 of 6

Session Speakers

Supporting Movements to End Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Globally: A Partnership between ‘me too.’ International and Global Fund for Women

The ability to live free from violence is a basic human right. However, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) persists in every country of the world. me too. International ’s groundbreaking survivor-focused leadership on SGBV sparked the global #MeToo hashtag and movement for change that went viral in 2017. While the movement has achieved meaningful wins for survivors, movements like ‘me too.’ in the US and globally—especially those led by Black and Brown women—continue to be under-resourced, lacking access to core, flexible, multi-year funding and structural connections to each other. Further, as with all forms of exploitation and oppression, SGBV disproportionately impacts those who are further marginalized by race, class, and other intersecting identities.

As the ‘me too.’ movement has grown, many countries have asked to connect with efforts in the US. Their requests have sparked the vision of a global community that centers survivor leadership through deep cross-country relationship building and practice sharing.

This session will unpack lessons learned from the groundbreaking partnership between me too. International and Global Fund for Women, who have joined forces to advance a global, interconnected, and intersectional movement to end sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Organizational leaders will discuss findings from in-depth consultations, an unprecedented global survey, as well as the ins and outs of purposeful partnership.

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