Unfolding the Essentials of Feminist Funding: Join CMI! at CSW68

More and more funders are aligning with feminist movements, recognising the critical need to bolster them with financial resources and political backing. But what’s the best way to do this? How can they ensure maximum support and minimal harm? How can funding reach movements in the best possible way to effect enduring change? To delve into these issues and more, CMI! and its allies are hosting three events at CSW 68.

This year’s CSW theme is: Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and empowering all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective.

It’s crucial to back and maintain feminist movements, particularly those involving structurally excluded groups, to achieve equality for all women and girls. We’re excited to offer exclusive insights, knowledge, and best practices on this topic in our three sessions.

Feminist Financing Practices: Funding Movements to Make Change

Date: March 13, 2024
Time: 12.30 – 2.00 pm
Venue: UN Church Center, 11th Floor
Registration: Click here to register for the event

This event will explore how funders and movements can collaborate to advance funding practices that better support feminist movements. Discover how different parts of the feminist funding ecosystem can complement and support each other as we create an interactive space for dialogue and learning. 


  • Peter Derrek Hof, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands 
  • Vera Rodriguez, Red Umbrella Fund
  • Sachini Perera, RESURJ 
  • Anisha Chugh, Women’s Fund Asia 
  • and more! 

This event is organised by the Alliance for Feminist Movements (AFM), the Count Me In! consortium CMI!), the Leading from the South consortium.

Imagining and Building Inclusive Feminist Economies

When: Fri, 22 March, 2024 12:30 – 14:00 h
Where: Church Center for the United Nations, ROOM: 11TH FL
Registration: Click here to register for the event

This CSW Parallel event is designed to spotlight the experiences and narratives surrounding Feminist Economic Realities (FERs). Our goal is to foster a comprehensive understanding of FERs, inspire conversations, and initiate a dialogue about the transformation needed in our current institutions. We aspire to capture the attention of the global philanthropy ecosystem, urging them to refine their focus on funding FERs, movement-led initiatives, and actions rooted in solidarity. Join us as we strive to make a difference.

Moderator: Faye Macheke, AWID
Scene Setter: Fatimah Kelleher, CMI!


Rosalba Karina díaz Crisóstomo, COOPDIVERSA
Elliot Orizaarwa Tumwijukye, Women and Girl Child Development Association
Agnes Mirembe, Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment
Romlawati, PEKKA

Click here to know more about our work in this area.


When: 14TH March, doors open at 5:30 PM with refreshments available. The screening of “Crossings” will begin at 6 pm.
WhereBlue Gallery 222 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017

‘Crossings’ is a documentary produced by sex workers about the effects of criminalisation on migrant sex workers in Europe and the powerful ways of their resistance. The film tells the untold stories of five people from five European countries (Serbia, Macedonia, France, Spain, and Norway) who come from very diverse backgrounds but have something in common – all of them are migrants who sell sex.

By sharing their experiences as women, men, migrants, LGBT people, single mothers, Muslims, Roma and sex workers, they challenge the sensationalist portrayal of all sex workers as “prostituted women” and “trafficking victims”. The documentary highlights common myths around sex work and preconceptions about sex workers. It does so by reflecting on the current trends sex workers – and other marginalised groups – face in Europe: increasing hostility to migrants and refugees, growing populism, cuts and austerity, and backlash against women’s and LGBT rights. The movie offers a glimpse into how governments approach prostitution and migration: the lives of the five characters are harshly impacted by police control, detention, deportation, and imprisonment.

The film will be moderated by a discussion led by Sabrina Sanchez, coordinator of the European Sex Worker Alliance and Vera Rodríguez, from Red Umbrella Fund.

This event is co-organised by the consortia Our Voices, Our Futures and Count Me In!, Red Umbrella Fund, together with the European Sex Workers Alliance.

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