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Women, girls and trans and intersex people around the world are making their own choices about gender, sex, sexuality and reproduction. They are demanding the right to live and love with joy, health and wellness. And they are fighting prejudice and violence against women, girls and trans and intersex people in all its forms.

Equality and justice can only thrive when every woman, girl and trans person can be free, safe and secure. Mama Cash supports groups and movements worldwide that are working tirelessly to create a world where everybody – every body – can enjoy a peaceful and pleasurable life.

Autonomy denied

Across the globe, women, girls and trans and intersex people are denied the right to make their own decisions about their bodies and their lives. They are told that they are not capable of deciding things themselves. They are constantly told how to act. What they should look like. How they should feel. Who they should love or marry. Where they should or should not go.

The limits on their freedom surfaces in hospital rooms, where HIV-positive women, girls and trans people are confronted with stigma and discrimination. It can be seen in laws that prohibit lesbians and bisexual women, and intersex and trans people from being recognised and protected by their governments. It manifests itself in the violence perpetrated against women, girls, trans people and intersex people every single day.

Our bodies, our choices

Feminist activists refuse to accept these limits. Around the world, they are bravely asserting control over their bodies. Women and girls with disabilities are securing recognition that they are sexual beings. Indigenous girls are organising for reproductive health and freedom. Single mothers are mobilising for their rights.

Mama Cash provides funding and accompaniment support to groups and movements of women, girls, trans people and intersex people who are exercising their bodily autonomy. The groups we fund contend with and are working to address multiple layers of oppression. They are resisting repression and discrimination that limits their participation in decision-making and access to and control over resources. They are fighting for equal access to employment, education, health care and other public services.

Their feminist activism is working to ensure that our bodies are our own.