Every March 8, International Women’s Day recognizes the achievements of women globally. HER Fund believes that IWD is a day for “HER” globally – women and girls, includes a diversity of occupations, ethnicities, social status and cultural identities.
In response to IWD’s theme “Make It Happen” this year, HER Fund is excited to announce the grantees of “HER Sparkles – Young Women’s Action for Social Change” on 7 March, 2015. HER Sparkles is the latest young women’s project that supports young women, aged 18 to 28, who dare to make changes related to gender and youth issues.
HER Fund has received a total of 22 applications from the public. Projects demonstrate the capacity to create positive social and human rights change, that are creative and innovative, that with clear objective and are achievable within the given timeframe, would be considered. Finally, 8 out of 22 projects were selected.
Grantees will receive HK$10,000 for the implementation of the one-year-project. They will also participate in a series of collective learning program to enhance the project through peer support.
1. Arouse public awareness of gender minorities through drama.
2.Make use of “barter” and online platform to assist migrant workers to build networks; to encourage them to speak up for themselves and for their community.
3.Develop an online program on sex education, from the perspective of teenagers.
4. Narrow the gap of gender discrimination in arts world through exhibition and interviews of female contemporary artists.
5. Co-produce a documentary film about immigrant families together with the family members.
6. Collect stories of menstruation experience and organize exhibition to address “M-taboo”of the society.
7. Encourage women to talk about sexual desires through exhibitions.
8. Promote the diversity of period products from cultural and environmental perspective.
To know more about HER Sparkles : https://herfund.org.hk/hersparkles
#hersparkles #herfund #MakeItHappen #IWD2015
(click here to access HER Annual Report 2013-14)
As we count our blessings, we especially want to say thank you to you for your giving and support to HER Fund ! Last year we celebrated our 10th Anniversary and as we looked back we noticed that by laying one stone after another, we were paving the way from its fundamental. Each stone means a piece of work from our grantee, a giving from donor, a new capacity building program, a women’s funds’ collaboration, an initiative with corporate partner, a successful or not too successful event… All these pieces of stone built this unique path leading towards our goal for women’s human rights and social justice.
Yes, HER Fund has moved beyond the role of a funder. We are a changemaker, by grantmaking we encourage new initiatives, addressing the needs of the marginalized. We organized capacity building programs for partner organizations to strengthen their sustainability; we bridged our grantees to access new resources and funders. We are a network weaver, as through our effort, we bring women’s groups together for a common cause and networking with women’s funds around the world; we are also an advocator and a communicator, we share the stories of our grantees and made visible the needs of the most neglected and marginalized women. All these could not have happened without your support !
“Racewalk for HER 2015” was held successfully in 18 Jan! The Race raised HKD$192,956.88 for HER Fund. Purpose of the Race is to promote race walking and to support HER Fund’ work in grant making and to help marginalized and the least resourceful to be empowered and advance social changes in their livelihood. We thank every partners, supporting organizations, guests, performers, walkers, donors, volunteers, and venue! See you next year!
(You may enter the event website to see the photos and video highlight)
Other than making grants, HER Fund also sees the importance of strengthening grantee partners’ capacity for their sustainability. Since late 2013, HER Fund supports three of our grantee partners, JJJ Association, New Women Arrivals League (NWAL), and Concerning Group for Women Poverty, to have capacity building programme and strengthen their capacities in fund raising, financial management, membership organizing, and organization operation. This 3-year programme arranges a trainer for each grantee partner for guidance and companion, also help to apply the knowledge and experience they learnt in programme to their organization.
Now, after one and half year, we are glad to share that the core training has been done and enter the phase of practice. Below is the reflection and sharing of the participants from their last core training session:
“I feel more happy, confident, and powerful; "
"I feel beautiful, become more expressive, know more friends; "
"Better understand different women’s difficulties, and know more other organizations; "
"It is good to exchange idea with others; "
"Learn more on fund raising, finance, membership organizing, and direction of self-help;"
"The direction of our organization is getting clearer and clearer!” "
Following their Steps, Changes are Happening!
JJJ Association now understands it is important to recruit and organize more volunteer to support their outreach work, so they are now recruiting in universities and community colleges. NWAL did a fruitful retreat and set their annual plan successfully; core members and staff know their position and duty better; core members and staff know their position better and able to contribute more independently. Concerning Group for Women Poverty made some donation box and place in their office for fund raising; and they did street stations to promote themselves and the women poverty issues in Tuen Mun, their base area.
Except for grant making, HER Fund also mobilizes resources to support grantee partners' need. Sex workers often face problems of unstable income and high rent, thus make them difficult to plan their future. So HER Fund is now planning a financial education program tailor made for one woman one brothel sex worker together with a+b=3, a group which is experienced in providing financial education to marginalized groups, and with JJJ Association, our grantee partner. The program hopes to encourage sex workers to realize their plan and expend their life choices. It is recruiting now and will kick off at March 2015.
Call for application!
We are going to have a a young women’s project called “HER Sparkles - Young Women’s Action for Social Change” supporting young women who are dare to make changes.
(Click the below image to visit HER Sparkles official blog.)
– a fund of HK$10,000 to implement your initiative
– Participate in a collective learning program
– Broaden your social networks
– Enhance your project plan through peer support
– Related to gender and youth issues
– Create positive social and human rights change
– Creative and Innovative
– Clear objectives that are achievable within the given timeframe
Who Should Apply?:
– young women aged 18 – 28
– demonstrate gender and human rights’ perspectives
– able to work in a team
– willing to share and learn
– responsible and reliable
– Communication and project management skills (preferable)
1) Complete the application form by February 5, 2015；
2) Interviews with shortlisted candidates (Week of 9th Feb, 2015)；
3) Announcement of successful candidates (First week of March, 2015)
Making your first step:
Complete our online application forｍ. Places are limited, only shortlisted candidates will be informed by email or phone.
Should you have further query, please feel free to contact our Programme Officer Ms. Zoe Chan or Ms. Judy Kan by 2794-1100 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Deadline for enrollment is postponed to 29 December 2014, and the extended deadline for donation is 5 January 2015. Please visit the "Racewalk for HER 2015" website for more details.
We did a strategic review on our grant-making strategy and effectiveness this year according to the social change. From the past 3 years’ experiences, we see the need to maintain our support to the less funded and least resourceful women’s initiatives. In order to strategically make grants for bringing greater impact to advance women’s human rights, HER Fund decided to focus our grant-making on the following 4 themes from 2015 to 2018
1) Freedom from Violence
2) Freedom from Discrimination
3) Freedom from Poverty
4) Promote Women’s Civil Participation
You can find the details of the above 4 themes from the belowed “Guide to Application”. Meanwhile, we also change our grant giving cycle to twice a year. Next grant invitation will be started around mid-year, please browse to our webpage for more details later. The timeline of the coming cycle is as follow:
Application Deadline: 20th January, 2015 (Tuesday)
Grant Announcement Date: On or before 18th March, 2015
Project Starts Date: 1st April, 2015
We, hereby, invite you to apply the grant for Year 2015 - 16. You may download the soft copy of the funding guidelines and application form the below links or by contacting us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you have further query, please feel free to contact our Programme Officer Ms. Judy Kan by 2794-1100 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Registration for “Racewalk for HER 2015” is opened NOW!
HER Fund and Sahn Hahng Tai Bo Racewalk Association co-organized the first “Racewalk for HER” in January, 2014. It was successful to attract over 200 enthusiastic participants to join the race, and raised HKD200,000 for HER Fund! After deducting the cost, all donations were contributed to supporting local marginalized women’s groups’ self-help projects and for improvement of their livelihood.
This year, we are glad to have the continuous support by “HER Daring Stars” – the popular singer and song writer, Ms. Lung Siu Kwan, and former Legislative Councilor and Vice President of the Civic Party, Ms. Tanya Chan. They will join the Premium Team Relay on the race day to show their support!
“Racewalk for HER 2015” will be held on 18th January, 2015 (Sunday) at 12noon at the Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground. Races include:
- 800M Experience
- 2,000M Open
- 4 x 100M Premium / Team Relay
- 2 x 400M 2-Person Relay
There are both regular racewalk training and intensive racewalk training by Sahn Hahng Tai Bo Racewalk Association. All the training, races, and registration information, please go to: www.herfund.org.hk/racewalk
Our heartfelt thanks to the following sponsors of the event : Hung Fook Tong, Han-Fang Chinese Medicine Co. Ltd., Glam-it, SUNPLAY, Vibe Photo Art, Glory-in Chinese Medical Clinic, C2 Master of Ceremonies Volunteer Group, 2nd Half.
Click here for the highlights of “Racewalk for HER 2014”: http://goo.gl/lR1zBG
Click here for photos of “Racewalk for HER 2014”: http://goo.gl/cIRVfZ
Your support definitely makes a difference in advancing the well-being and human rights of women, especially for the marginalized and least resourceful.
Please join us NOW!
In this October, if you click the button "I Care" in HER Fund's JustGiving Page, a $10 donation will be given to HER!
In the past ten years, HER Fund has made over 90 grants to advance human rights of grassroots, marginalized women and for young women's empowerment. Please support!
Direct Dialogue‧Free from Prejudice
“She Dares to Change” Human Library will bring out the real stories of many marginalized women which include those who are discriminated because of their gender; migrant workers; lesbians; transgender women, carers, sex workers, new immigrant women, and women activists. We hope to make social change by direct communication and dialogue.
Human Book List:
brothel sex worker, lesbian, migrant domestic worker, carer, transgender, newly arrived immigrant woman, union activist, land rights activist
We are also pleased to have Mr. Pong Yat Ming, who first introduced the “human library” to Hong Kong; and Professor Ho Sik Ying from the University of Hong Kong, to share with us on how to read a human book.
Date: 9 Nov 2014 (SUN)
Time: 1:30 – 5:30pm
Venue: G4302, AC 1, City University of Hong Kong
Registration: Please click here to register
Enquiry: 27941100 / firstname.lastname@example.org
* Please note that most of the speakers and human books will use Cantonese. Translation service (English - Cantonese) and childcare service will be provided if needed.
Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
Department of Rehabilitation and Social Sciences, Tung Wah College
Women’s Studies Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong
Gender Research Centre, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Centre for Social Policy Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Department of Applied Social Sciences, HKCT Institute of Higher Education
Department of Sociology & Social Policy, Lingnan University
It is common nowadays to learn stories about new immigrant women in news feed, media and social media. However, often those images portrayed or stories narrated are through the eyes of the authors/producers rather than from the women themselves. With the current tension between Hong Kongers and Mainlanders, images presented are often polarized, from seeing them as victims to rejecting them as invaders. The situation of grassroots new immigrant women, the most marginalized group among new immigrant, is likely to be hidden and distorted. That’s why members of New Arrival Women League (NAWL), a self-help organization of grassroots new immigrant women, are now organizing a story telling training to break those stereotypes and diaphragm. The training is supported by HER Fund and the NAWL members are committed to prepare themselves to go into different communities and schools and tell their life stories, and hope more people would understand their real situation.
If you want to know more about HER story, please visit "HER News"!
We together achieved so much
We are very grateful to your trust, support, and companionship in the past 10 years. Without you, there would be much less that we could achieve. Since our establishment, we have given grants to over 90 projects, a total of 3 million HK dollars and supported over 25 women’s organizations, within which, 11 are marginalized women self-help groups/organizations to advance women’s human rights. Here we would like to share with you our 10th Anniversary Publication and the video of our Celebration Day.
We, As Funder
This year, we continue to receive many meaningful projects seeking grant support from HER Fund. The projects are from women of diverse background who strive for their rights and justice. The applicants include transgender, foreign domestic workers, new immigrant women, survivors of domestic violence, lesbians and sex workers, etc. who are facing different forms of threats and violation to their human rights. Our small grants support is a seed grant, and a unique source that allow new initiatives to realize and to grow.
We are More than a “Funder” !
HER Fund sees herself as part of the social change movements, we are more than a funder!
We run capacity building programs, provide resource referral, connection with other foundations, introducing professional volunteers, and provide opinion to our grantee organizations, which are grassroots self-help in nature, for we see this is the way to enhance their sustainability and development.
As one of our grantee partners, Lai Kwan from JJJ Association said,
“HER Fund is different from other foundations, because no other foundations will give you the grant AND, help you to find other sources of funding and support. The most I appreciate HER Fund is that they help us to build resources, both financial and human resources.”
Our partner, Helping Domestic Helpers, Holly said,
“If HER Fund thinks the application or the proposal might not work, they will come and discuss with us, provide suggestions and help us with the application.”
Challenges Ahead, Be with Us!
One of the challenges to us is the termination of funding from a core international funder. In order to sustain the impact of change made and to continuously support the least resourceful, most invisible, marginalized women for pursuing and safeguarding their human rights, we need your support to keep the mission moving on, please be our Monthly Donor!
Please download the donation form and send us back by email@example.com or post to 1A, 217 Fa Yuen Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via 2794-1100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(This content is Chinese only)
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地點：伊利沙伯體育館 (香港灣仔愛群道 18 號)
$384 (此乃慈善折扣優惠，原定票價為 $480)；及$280
2.電話預訂：請在辦公時間 (星期一至五10:00-18:00) 致電2794-1100
查詢：電話 2794-1100 / 電郵 email@example.com
Congratulations to these daring women! They are:
Joanne Leung, who has been a tremendous force driving changes on transgender issues, and she is a founder of the Transgender Resources Center;
Tina Luk, who has been actively promotes social justice and workers’ rights;
Li Fung Mei, who fights for the rights of famers. She is preserving the local agricultural culture;
Lenlen Mesina, founder of Enrich, Hong Kong’s premier training organization for financial literacy, entrepreneurship and communications for migrants;
And Kwong Ho Ying, a brave victim of a gender discrimination case, who fought for the rights in wearing trousers to teach.
We, hereby, invite you to apply our General Grant Application.
- Application Deadline: 20th March, 2014
- Grant Announcement Date: On or before 20th May, 2014
- Project Starts Date: 1st June, 2014
You can download:
You can also click here to find our priority and criteria of our grant-making. Should you have further query, please feel free to contact our Programme Officer Ms. Judy Kan by 2794-1100 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HER Fund believes in the wisdom and capacity of women to determine their needs and aspirations and to develop strategies to achieve them. In the past ten years, we witness daring women in face of all kinds of challenges, yet can stand firmly on their feet to create positive changes to their lives, to the lives of other people and to the community. The impact is significant, as when women benefit, the whole society benefits, as women are mostly care-givers in the family, in the community and in society at large.
By 8 March, 2014 will be HER Fund’s 10th Anniversary and we wish to celebrate this day acknowledging passionate women who dare to make changes, for a better and just society by the “She Dares to Change” Award.
Do you know a she like HER?
With faith, passion, and courage, advance social justice!
Nominate HER now!
For nomination and more details, please visit the official “She Dares to Change” Award blog
Deadline of Nomination: 18 February, 2014
(Prizes including: free of charge round-trip air ticket sponsored by HK Express, cosmetics package sponsored by StrawberryNET.)
And we will present the Award to these daring women on 8 March 2014, HER Fund’s 10th Anniversary Party!
HER Fund appreciates the support from IPSA ! The donations will be used for promoting women's rights and gender equality for women in the marginalized sector!
From now on until 20th January, you can purchase IPSA Face Color Designing Palette in special price HK$430 (original price HK$597) when you purchase any product at IPSA. IPSA will donate 5% of this Palette to HER Fund. Please go and grap one now.
The aim of “Racewalk for HER 2014”, which had been held smoothly on 12 Jan 2014, is to promote race walking to the general public and to raise funds for HER Fund to support empowerment projects for marginalized and disadvantaged women and girls in Hong Kong, such as newly arrived women, low income women workers, migrant workers.
We hereby thank you supports from (in no particular order):
Co-organizer: Sahn Hahng Tai Bo Racewalk Association
Guests: HER Daring Star – Ms. Lung Siu Kwan, Ms. Tanya Chan, Mr. Cheung Chiu Hung, Ms. Ng Sau Man
Sponsors: dotdot.. ULTRA VITAMIN PRODUCTS, Hung Fook Tong, SCHIESSER, Vibe Photo Art, Han-Fang Chinese Medicine Co.Ltd, Ms. Tse Chor Ying
Line-dance Performers: Power Star, Dancing Shero
Volunteers: C2 Master of Ceremonies Volunteer Group, AVS volunteers, HER Fund friends, Volunteers and Coaches of Sahn Hahng Tai Bo Racewalk Association
Venue: Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground
Special Thanks: LCSD, Mr. Dean Siu, Mr. Cheung Kwok Keung, Mr. Bill Purves, Mr. Tse Chun Hung
At last but not least, we have to thanks all the walkers’ support and audiences!
We will announce the donation amount very soon. More photos on www.herfund.org.hk and https://www.facebook.com/HERFundAnniversary.
【Racewalk for HER 2014 - Final Result】
Result of "Racewalk for HER 2014" is available now, please click here to access:
HER Fund's friends will RUN for HER!
Elco, Yolinda, Aries, Morrissey love running marathon, they will RUN for HER Fund in the coming Athens Marathon on 10th November!
They create a fundraising page on Just Giving, please go there to support them: http://www.justgiving.com/MarathonLovers
Their fundraising target is HK$10,000 for grassroots women and violence against women! Please give your blessing to them to achieve both marathon and fundraising target!
|In 2012-13, we are proud to see our grantees making bold and effective strategies to create changes to the lives of women, to assert their rights and to challenge the unjust systems that put them in a vulnerable situation.
Click here to read our Daring Changes in the past year.
Click here to read our Audited Report.
|HER Fund is delighted to announce that our Executive Committee Members for Year 2013/14 elected at our AGM meeting on 13th October, 2013 are as followed:
Chair-person: Ms. Mary Ann King
Just 200 Days and we will be 10 years old !
To celebrate HER Fund's 10th Anniversary, we will be organizing various activities aiming to raise public support and awareness of women's human right, and to share the past achievements that we have made together with our partners, grantees and supporters.
As we are counting down to the big day, we especially create a Facebook Fan Page to deliver the latest news on the 10th Anniversary. Please show your support to us by just click "Like" to be a friend of us and we will keep you updated!
We hope you will join us by supporting the 10th Anniversary of HER Fund!
Linda, HER Fund's Executive Director, was interviewed by Sceniro, a HKCSS magazine, on how to achieve good cost effectiveness and high transparency for small NGOs. Linda used HER Fund as an example, she would lower the operation fee of the organization, and mobilize most of the resources for grant making to local marginalized women. And keep close and regular communications with donors and supporters with newsletter and grantee visit, also to public the fund's audit report.
Click here to read the full version (Chinese only).
"The most beautiful thing is to live well."
This is Qun Jei's motto, a newly arrived woman from Mainland China. She dares to challenge the unfair social status quo, and to fight back discrimination with other new immigrant women.
Would you listen to her story in the latest HER News?
Linda was interviewed by SCMP, and explained our work according to our principles : Transparency, Accountable and Participation.
Quote from SCMP interview:
Linda To Kit-lai, executive director of the HER Fund, says upholding accountability is particularly important for charities like hers. The group derives income from fundraisers and private donations.
"Our existence depends on the support from our donors, who have every right to know how we are spending their money," says To. "Maintaining transparency entails a cost, but if you think it is something worth doing, you will do it."
Read the full version on SCMP page, or click here for pdf version.
|Welcome the Founder and CEO of Glam Girl, Ms. Jennifer Cheng, becomes HER Fund's advisor!
Jennifer is a passionate player in the world of new internet technology and a veteran of the online media and social space.She was awarded the title of Most Promising Entrepreneur at the prestigious Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2011 in Hong Kong. In 2012, Jennifer was recognized with the SuperAchiever Woman Award at CMO Asia.
Jennifer will help in bridging HER Fund to her network. She will also bring her knowledge to us to build a better fundraising and communication strategy.