Resistance and Resilience
With the Resistance and Resilience initiative, Mama Cash provides tailor-made support for anonymous grantee-partners that are dealing with the effects of the closing space for civil society. We chronicled their, and our own reflections here.
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Understanding the emotional costs of fighting for change in restricted contexts
The challenges to activists' mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health are always considerable, but the challenges are especially great for those working in extremely repressive and even life-threatening environments. One thing that supporting activists in restricted contexts has taught me is to recognise some of the less visible challenges and costs of activism.Read more
Ensuring holistic security does not remain an afterthought
At Mama Cash, we make it a priority to check in on the security of grantee-partners. Since we piloted the R&R initiative, I've been doing this much more intentionally, just to make sure grantee-partners know they can use their grant from Mama Cash for holistic security needs, even if it's not in the work plan.Read more
Holistic security and safety for activists under threat
Visionary feminist activists get up every day to organise in their communities and to name injustices that otherwise would remain invisible. Mama Cash understands that feminist activists don’t have the luxury of not doing this work that they are doing. They take action out of necessity because, in order to survive and thrive, they and their communities need a changed world.Read more
No more Imposition of "Experts"
Choosing consultants is definitely one thing many funders want be involved in, to make sure that the quality of the work is up to a certain standard – that is to say, a Western capitalistic standard. But the imposition of a consultant does not respect the knowledge and expertise existing locally, and it does not guarantee the best results.Read more
Checking our donor agenda at the door
Sophia Sakhanberidze, Programme Associate for Europe, Central and North Asia reflects on the role for funders in closing civil society contexts? "As funders, we play a supporting role. It’s our job to support feminist activists in the best possible way, trusting them and the work they do."Read more
Meeting partners where they are in closing civil society contexts
Refilwe Moahi, our Programme Associate for Africa and West Asia reflects on how we can be responsive to grantee-partners who are dealing with contested or under-addressed issues in difficult contexts.Read more