UK Aid Direct hosted a panel discussion on the Jo Cox Memorial grants on Tuesday 27 March.
Focusing on theme 1 – the social, economic and political empowerment of women – representatives of 180 organisations signed in to listen to the discussion which was designed to:
- debate the key challenges and opportunities that the Jo Cox Memorial grants could try to tackle;
- to help inform detailed guidance that would be made available to all applicants of the Jo Cox Memorial grants on the UK Aid Direct website
Excerpts from the discussion include:
Theo Sowa – CEO, African Women’s Development Fund (opens in a new window): “I think we can take real pride and encouragement from the work of women’s rights organisations on the ground…”
Musimbi Kanyoro – President and CEO, Global Fund for Women (opens in a new window): “…It does not matter if they’re in the City of London or in a village somewhere in Kenya or a slum in another city… the biggest barrier is the lack of equality of women and men…”
Dr Narmeen Hamid – Strategic Advisor, AmplifyChange (opens in a new window): “…I think in terms of the closing civic space for women’s organisations and how they are coping with it, language is important. So, they are modifying the language they are using…”
Jo Cooke – DFID’s Gender Equality team, who said:
“…Progress on gender priority has actually gone into reverse. That means some of the global rights that women and girls are facing have actually got worse, which I think really challenges most of our assumption that we are on a slow but sure improvement, globally. I think that was a wake up call for a lot of people…”
The panel discussion was moderated by Ben Latto, Head of DFID’s Civil Society Team.
To listen to the full recording of the discussion, visit the UK Aid Direct YouTube channel : and to download the transcript, click here.
Please note: the funding round is currently open and the closing date for submitting concept notes (if applying for a Network grant), or full applications (if applying for a Strengthening grant), is Wednesday 13 June 2018 at 17:00 (GMT).