Women-led organisations (WLO) and women’s rights organisations (WRO) and movements play a critical role in crises, with an increasing number of studies affirming that they have consistently applied innovative ways of working and responded to widespread humanitarian needs, whilst pursuing collective action and intersectional approaches. Despite this, they remain consistently underfunded and excluded from meaningful participation in humanitarian decision-making.
The sixth in the Women and Girls Wilton Park Series, this event will bring together diverse WLOs, WROs, women’s funds, national governments, philanthropy, INGOs and humanitarian actors to address this challenge and discuss concrete and feasible proposals for change.
This includes both reform within existing humanitarian coordination and funding mechanisms as part of the wider localisation agenda, but also proposals for piloting innovative approaches as part of a wider resourcing ecosystem for WLOs, WROs and movements. A cross-cutting area for discussion will centre around ensuring that proposals for change address, and don’t further entrench, barriers faced by representative groups facing marginalisation. This includes the experiences of refugee WLO, women-led Organisations of People with Disabilities (OPDs) and LGBT+ organisations and activists. There is an opportunity that this meeting facilitates the creation of a new network of likeminded practitioners and policy experts to take forward future action, building on existing wider initiatives and networks.
The Women and Girls Wilton Park Series, launched as part of the FCDO’s International Women and Girls Strategy (2023-2030) aims to create space to interrogate and build consensus around how to effectively tackle priority issues that are central to women and girls’ rights, freedom and potential.