The Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund provides small grants for
grassroots projects that empower women and girls in developing countries.
NEWS AND UPDATES
VGIF's 2013 Annual Report is now available on our publications page: http://vgif.org/static/media/uploads/publications/vgif_annualreport_r4_0915_web.pdf.
VGIF celebrates our grantees on today's International Day of Rural Women. We couldn't agree more with the UN's assessment that "rural women are key agents for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. Empowering them is key not only to the well-being of individuals, families and rural communities, but also to overall economic productivity, given women’s large presence in the agricultural workforce worldwide."
Congratulations! Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi, India have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education." These are timely awards given that tomorrow is International Day of the Girl Child, which seeks to recognize girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/10/nobel-peace-prize_n_5963634.html