Reports show on average, women have less income, access to resources, assets and financial independence than men. By funding organisations where women can learn new skills, it will give them the ability and certainty to return to the workplace and apply for new jobs. World Health Organization research showed that girls had consistently lower confidence than boys. By building confidence from a young age it will allow girls to grow up challenging social norms and believing they can achieve their goals. Building girls and women’s confidence will allow them to move forward with their lives in all areas to reach their full potential.
The Women’s Fund for Scotland distributes grants to community based groups empowering women and girls to reach their full potential. We are on a mission to identify community based groups who might otherwise fall beneath the radar or lack confidence to apply. Often the Women’s Fund is the sole supporter of groups and the Fund enables the group it supports to develop their ability to then approach other funders. Click here to read about the projects we fund.
The Women’s Fund for Scotland is a constituent Fund of Foundation Scotland. It benefits from the Foundation’s robust governance, infrastructure and grant making expertise to ensure that funding gets to grass roots community organisations where it can achieve lasting impact.
Last year, the Women’s Fund hosted their grant making showcase. Watch this inspirational video about the amazing projects who pitched for funding! Read more about the event and the groups or head to our You Tube channel.
One in five women experiences domestic abuse. On average, a domestic incident is reported somewhere in Scotland every nine minutes. (2014) Different forms of domestic abuse which include physical, psychological and financial have their roots in gender inequality and in the different power relations between men and women in society. Experiencing domestic abuse can make a woman lose all her confidence and self-esteem. They can become very isolated and find it hard to get back into society. By supporting organisations that support moving on from violence, it helps women deal with their feelings and move forward.
Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety, one in four women will require treatment for depression and women spend more time experiencing ill-health then men (18.8 years). In Scotland, a woman who lives in a less deprived area can live up to 7.5 years longer than a woman who comes from a most deprived area. Improving a women’s health and general well being will make them to feel better about themselves which increases energy and concentration which will reflect in their professional and social lives.
By bringing girls and women together creates support systems which are essential to help them cope. Building social networks also ties in with improving well-being and moving on from violence. 95 percent of single parents are mothers. Having a social network for women to turn to can make them feel less lonely. Also, having others who are going through or been through similar experiences is valuable in recovery.