The Feminist Ecosystem Funding: Why Doria Feminist Fund

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Workshop: The Feminist Ecosystem Funding: Why Doria Feminist Fund

  • Who: Mozn Hassan, Doria Feminist Fund
  • Date: Tuesday, May 4th

Feminists groups in the MENA region are courageously leading the fight to advance the rights of women & LGBTQ+ groups and to ensure that they are able to lead safe, healthy and happy lives. They are harnessing their power to create feminist and just realities and to make sure that their independent voices are heard loud and clear, despite being the targets of social and political backlash. However, as a fund created by and for the feminists of the region, we know that feminist groups in the MENA region - especially nascent ones - face hardship when it comes to securing funding for their important work. These groups have the best in-depth knowledge of their contexts and the closest connections to women and LGBTQ+ groups in their communities, but they often fall through the cracks of international funding and are forced to stop their work due to the lack of resources.

The Doria Feminist Fund seeks to create a feminist ecosystem where the new generation of feminist movement in the MENA region has access to more and better funding and resources. In this session, Founder, Mozn Hassan, will talk about her experience in supporting feminist organizing in the region and present the Doria Feminist Fund.

// We will be hosting a 20 minute post-workshop networking exercise to allow folks to meet others who share their interest, and strengthen collaborations across various lines. Make sure to schedule in 20 minutes extra on your calendar, if you are interested in joining //

Mozn Hassan is an Egyptian feminist activist and founder of ‘Nazra for Feminist Studies’. She has received many awards, amongst them the Global Fund for Women’s inaugural Charlotte Bunch Human Rights Award in 2013. Hassan and Nazra were jointly awarded one of the Right Livelihood Awards, often called the "Alternative Nobel Peace Prize", in 2016 "for asserting the equality and rights of women in circumstances where they are subject to ongoing violence, abuse and discrimination”. In 2020, Hassan received the Hrant Dink Award for peace, rights and equality.

In her work through Nazra, Hassan has been involved in a range of different activities and campaigns to address gender-based inequalities and forms of injustices while also strengthening feminist mobilization and women’s participation in politics. Nazra has played a particularly important role in documenting human rights abuses and sexual violence during and after the revolution of 2011, and has been supporting and advocating for the survivors of sexual assault.

On March 2021, Hassan founded “Doria Feminist Fund” MENA feminist fund, a first MENA fund for new feminist groups from the region. Hassan dedicated RLA to establish the fund.

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