Join us in welcoming our grantees to the Doria Feminist Fund community!
In August 2022, Doria launched the call for proposals for its second grantmaking cycle. The only feminist fund that provides direct grants to activists, led by and tailored for feminist activists, from the MENA region.
We’re proud to announce Doria’s 2023 Grantee Cohort:
Tanit Feminist Association was founded in 2015 in the city of Meknassi in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Its mission is to support in creating a decentralized feminist movement, resist all forms of violence against women and support the victims and survivors of violence.
It was founded in 2020 in the city of Beirut by a group of Lebanese girls who came together to make a change. Today it distributes free pads and raise awareness to over +200 Lebanese girls. In addition to implementing independent projects focusing on abused women shelters, migrant workers and Syrian refugees.
Group B, Morocco
Group B is a feminist Collective focuses on individual freedom and gender inequalities. It advocates for a legal framework change that subverts the current inequalities and discrimination. They will conduct a survey that sheds light on the sexual life of young Moroccan girls aged between 15 and 24 years old, from different localities, rural and urban areas in the country.
Group C, Lebanon
It’s mission is empowering women by placing them on the path of social leadership. They support transgender women and refugee queers through workshops and sessions in mental health, drama therapy…
Group D, Lebanon
The project aims to develop a feminist library in the Bekaa Region (Baalbak-Hermel), in addition to a series of workshops and a feminist online zine that is necessary for women in Lebanon, whether Lebanese, refugees, domestic workers or queer.
Kayan Foundation for Peace and Development, Yemen
Kayan's activity started as an initiative in 2012 in Yemen through a group of young girls. It’s mission is to empower women to become transformative leaders at a local and national level, protecting and promoting women's human and civil rights in Yemen, and breaking down social and institutional barriers to gender equality.
Group E, Yemen
Based in Yemen, this group’s mission is to enhance the safety, security and psychological care of women and girls, LGBTQI+ people, vulnerable groups by defending their rights and amplifying their voices.
Asrar Benjouia (Individual), Tunisia
She is a feminist and human rights defender. She will develop an initiative to create a safe space for women to express cases of harassment, violence and electronic blackmail to which they have been subjected to in the presence of a psychologist.
She is an artist engraver, painter, video performer of Tunisian origin and a cultural mediator at the Terra Rossa Lab collective. She has participated in film festivals in France, Lisbon and Tunisia. She will conduct an anthropological artistic research on immigrant women.
Group F, Tunisia
Group F was founded in 2017 in Tunisia by a group of transgender folks. It’s mission is to amplify and connect voices that promote social and environmental justice, challenge power imbalances, and provide capacity support to transient and Transgender women, in addition to improving research on health care, especially on HIV/AIDS.
Budour Alabid (Individual), Iraq
Will develop a RAW Cast Podcast where A series of video & Audio podcasts are presented on social media and on the podcast platform. This podcast will act as a platform for Iraqi women to share their stories.
Jeyetna is an intersectional feminist collective fighting for menstrual rights and equity in Lebanon. Jeyetna strives to bring a substantial change by breaking the persistent taboo about periods. They are a group of 10 women and trans folks who tackle Period Poverty in a holistic way through product distribution, awareness, and education.
Group G, Syria
The group includes 175 women all over the world. The main objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of marginalized women in Gaziantep, prevent, mitigate, and change stereotypes of women role and build their capacity.
Group H, Palestine
It began as an idea to create an alternative space for local women artists to work and collaborate, but also to have access to relevant resources, an open recording studio, music production equipment and workshops. The groundwork was laid between 2018 to 2019 to fill a gap that was missing in the local music scene in Palestine, for young artists and women in particular.
Group I, Algeria
Group I’s Project was born on January 1, 2020, it consists of making an inventory of feminicides in Algeria, making them visible, analyzing them, as well as proposing preventive measures. There is also a section on information and awareness on this issue in society. The fund will help the Group in publishing a study report on the feminicides in Algeria.
In October 2021, Doria launched our first open call for proposals, a historic moment in feminist philanthropy and in the MENA feminist movement space. The launch of Doria’s call for applications also marks the first feminist fund providing direct grants to activists, led by and tailored for feminist activists, from the MENA region.
We’re proud to announce Doria’s 2022 Grantee Cohort:
Asdaa, Lebanon & Egypt
With a knowledge production grant from Doria, Asdaa will produce an advocacy video highlighting the narratives of survivors of gender-based violence. Asdaa will conduct workshops intersecting dance, movement, music, and psychology to work with participants and weave together their narratives in their own voices.
With a knowledge production grant from Doria, No2ta will design and introduce a feminist multimedia website with the aim of disseminating innovative and exclusive feminist multimedia content focusing on underrepresented issues that women and girls in the region are facing in the form of investigative reports, videos, articles, and real life stories.
Ettijah Rap Group for Girls, Palestine
With a project grant from Doria, Ettijah Rap Group for Girls aims to support and empower refugee girls in Palestine to participate in community activities and advocacy in their context through the medium of art, music, and rap.
Queer Mutual Aid, Lebanon
With a project grant from Doria, Queer Mutual Aid will provide support to the queer community, and especially trans refugee individuals, who are facing emergency situations. The group hopes to build a support network based on solidarity, mutual aid, and community building through feminist and queer practices and politics.
Wini Omer, Sudan
With a knowledge production grant from Doria, Wini will draft a book detailing the experiences and stories of women’s involvement in the revolution in Sudan. The book will be based on salon discussions, highlighting women’s experiences in the context of major political and social change in Sudan.
Rawan Kahwaji, Syria
With a knowledge production grant from Doria, Rawan will produce a weekly podcast covering the realities of the feminist movement in Syria. The podcast will shed light on important issues that activists in Syria are facing from an intersectional perspective, and provide important context about the Syrian revolution and role of women and activists.
Tulkarem Women Community Center, Palestine
With a core flexible grant from Doria, Tulkarem Women Community Center will launch a community center that will serve women in Palestine. Acting as an incubator and safe organizing space for women, Tulkarem center will provide services for women’s capacity development, psycho-social support, and more.
With a project grant from Doria, Kayan aims to empower female and male youth by linking them with grassroots women in their communities, thus creating an intergenerational space to empower the young women and enable them to cultivate their own activism which shall contribute to a future generation of women change-makers.