Philanthropic Response to “Anti-Gender” Movements

Since 2017, Global Philanthropy Project has played a leading role in developing and influencing the field of philanthropic responses to the increasing threat that anti-gender and more broadly anti-rights movements pose to the lives of LGBTI people across different contexts worldwide. That work has included organizing donor convenings and trainings, mobilizing resources, and producing critical knowledge to support those responses.

Background

GPP’s focus on LGBTI people and movements worldwide has proven essential to the growth and strengthening of that ecosystem, as our approach to “anti-gender” issues has been grounded in intersectional feminism, anti-authoritarianism, and human rights principles. By consistently advocating for the full inclusion of LGBTI issues within the responses to “anti-gender” movements, GPP has contributed to developing and implementing inclusive, sophisticated, and bold funding strategies.

We are not alone in this effort. Since the beginning of our work, GPP has engaged hundreds of funding institutions, civil society partners, governmental and multilateral representatives, researchers, and thought leaders. Our convenings, webinars, and dedicated task force are key components in the global responses to anti-gender movements; those spaces are also productive opportunities for synergies, collaborations, and partnerships among multiple stakeholders.

GPP also contributes to this field of work by producing critical knowledge on anti-gender issues. Our several reports and briefings have substantially increased the information and analysis needed to build powerful and effective responses and have enriched public awareness of those issues through nuanced and accessible research reflecting funding data, interviews, case studies, donor recommendations, and more.

GPP’s task force on Responding to “Anti-Gender Ideology” (RAGI) provides a community of practice to those grantmakers and development professionals seeking to build well-informed, bold, and effective philanthropic initiatives to address anti-gender issues.

Since September 2021, more than 60 members of the RAGI Task Force have met monthly to share information, produce collective analysis, build strategic collaborations, and manage an additional research agenda. The members also play a key role in developing GPP research and events. The task force is open to all donors, regardless of their membership status with GPP.

Prachi Patankar
Program Officer, South and Southeast Asia, Foundation for a Just Society Co-Chair, Responding to Anti-Gender Ideology Taskforce
Prachi Patankar
Program Officer, South and Southeast Asia, Foundation for a Just Society Co-Chair, Responding to Anti-Gender Ideology Taskforce

Prachi Patankar is the Program Officer, South and Southeast Asia, at Foundation for a Just Society. Born and raised in rural India, Prachi was raised by a freedom-fighter grandmother and parents deeply involved in anti-caste, feminist, and peasant movements. Over two decades in New York City, she has been an activist, educator, grantmaker, and writer involved in social movements which link the local and the global, police brutality and war, migration and militarization, race and caste, women of color feminism and global gender justice. Prachi most recently served as the Program Director for social justice at the J.M. Kaplan Fund, leading grantmaking for criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, and locally led work in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Prior to that, Prachi was the Senior Program Officer at Brooklyn Community Foundation, where she helped create and implement grant programs through a racial justice lens. Prachi currently serves on the Board of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and on the Advisory Board for Grantmakers for Girls of Color. Throughout the last two decades, she has been involved in organizing to link social justice movements between the United States and Asia. Prachi believes in the vital power of intersectional and international visions and strategies, which resonate across Dalit rights and Black lives, migrant justice and gender justice, to build bottom-up change from the local to the global.

Medina Haeri
Programme Officer, Issues Affecting Women Programme, Oak Foundation Co-Chair, Responding to Anti-Gender Ideology Taskforce
Medina Haeri
Programme Officer, Issues Affecting Women Programme, Oak Foundation Co-Chair, Responding to Anti-Gender Ideology Taskforce

Medina Haeri is a Programme Officer with the Oak Foundation’s Issues Affecting Women Programme. In that role, Medina connects feminist and women’s organisations and movements around the world with resources to strengthen their work and help advance their agendas. Medina leads the anti-trafficking and exploitation portfolio and supports global movement building work. Prior to working for Oak Foundation, Medina worked in the Women and War unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), ensuring that the organisation’s interventions better reflected the needs, vulnerabilities and capacities of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict settings. She has also worked with the International Rescue Committee supporting refugee resettlement in Thailand and with indigenous women’s collectives building economic development projects in Guatemala. Medina was born in Iran and immigrated to the US at a young age – following the path of many migrants in search of a brighter future. She immigrated again as a young adult to Switzerland to build a family and purse her professional ambitions. Medina holds a master’s degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

  • In 2018, GPP organized a global meeting, Growing Solidarity: Funding at the Intersection of Faith, Religious Fundamentalism, Human Rights, and Social Justice, bringing together funders supporting LGBTI-affirming faith organizing and those funding opposition to fundamentalist faith agendas.
  • Between March and June 2021, GPP co-hosted Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit, a virtual series focused on grantmaker responses to anti-gender movements and related global anti-rights agenda. The Summit included over 50 sessions, with over 480 attendees representing grantmaking organizations, funder networks, and civil society partner organizations.
  • GPP has organized sessions and panels on anti-gender issues at regional and international donor pre-conferences, most recently including ILGA World (USA 2022) and Pan Africa ILGA (Mauritius 2023).
Read “A Report from LGBTI Philanthropy” (TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly * Volume 9, Number 3 * August 2022) for an overview of GPP, member, and partner activities.

How can GPP help

  • GPP is a hub for research development related to philanthropic responses to the anti-gender movement. This includes GPP’s original research and our role as an implementation partner for resource mapping and research distribution to the philanthropic community. 
  • Our ongoing collection of relevant research and the related reports included on our website offer a resource for those oriented to the conversation. 
  • GPP develops and moderates sessions, panels, webinars, research release events, and other public programs to elevate philanthropic efforts responding to anti-gender issues. Together, we can develop opportunities for a broad set of philanthropic actors. 
  • GPP is a resource for your grantee cohort(s), sharing research and tools developed by GPP and our task force members.

Recommendations and Resources for Donors

  • Global Philanthropy Project has developed a collection of resources on our site to support grantmakers active globally in response to “anti-gender ideology” and related anti-rights agendas.
Read Grantmaker Recommendations from LGBTI Rights, Religious Conservatives, and Faith-Based Resistance (2018)
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