Sincethe first days of June, I have been working as an intern for Donor DirectAction, a fund for frontline female activists around the world. The organization was founded in 2011 by Gloria Steinem -THE feminist icon- along with Jessica Neuwirth -the organization's director and my current boss- and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. In short: three badass women deciding to redirect money to where it is needed the most. In 2015 it was integrated into the Sisterhood Is Global Institute, a feminist think-tank founded by Robin Morgan and Simone de Beauvoir in 1984.
I feel extremely lucky to be able to work at this organization, and to learn how fundraising for women's rights works. What I appreciate the most is the approach Donor Direct Action has to grant-making, as they believe more money should be going to female frontline activists and, more specifically, to femaleactivists from the Global South.
As a Mexican feminist from Latin America, I appreciate seeing so many women from the Global North committed to give financial support to activists in the Global South. Truth is, being a woman looks differently across the world, and while in some regions the priority is to "break the glass-ceiling" or to getmore women in leadership, in others women are trying to remain alive and avoid being killed, escape being married or sold while being a girl, or trying not to be subjects of female genital mutilation.
I am not undermining the challenges faced by women in the Global North-being a woman is hard everywhere-, but I do believe we are by no means in equal conditions. Even inside the Global North, Black women, indigenous women, disabled women, LGBT women and poor women face more difficulties than those who do not hold these identities.
In thisblog I will share my lessons learned and reflections triggered by this amazing experience, which is possible thanks to the generous financial support of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. I hope that you continue to read my thoughts and I invite you to follow Donor Direct Action’s social media (handling social media is part of my responsibilities at DDA, so please help me increase our numbers!):