Constitutional Challenge on behalf of little girls who had been raped – Kenya
(equality effect; Registration no.: 845378009RR0001)
On May 27, 2013 legal history was made that has already begun to change the lives of 10 million Kenyan girls. PeopleSense Foundation was the largest single contributor and a partner with the equality effect, sitting first as an Adviser to the Board and later as a member and then Chair of the Board. Through PeopleSense’s funding and active participation a constitutional challenge on behalf of little girls who had been raped and denied justice was filed on the first International Day of the Girl Child in October 2012; less than twelve months after PeopleSense’s initial engagement with the charity. Shortly thereafter, in May 2013 a Kenyan judge ruled in favor of the girls and recognized that the failure of the police to provide the girls with access to justice was a violation of their human rights and that the enforcement of existing laws that protect the rights of the girls must be enforced. The decision is a monumental and an unprecedented victory for girls rights.
Social Franchise Health Care Clinic – Honduras
(Population Services International funded through Canada Gives; Registration no.: 833062144RR0001)
Both funded and helped design a proof of concept/piloting of the first social franchise health clinic providing reproductive health care while addressing rape and domestic violence in a poor and underserved community experiencing high rates of teen pregnancy, rape and murder of women.
Radio programming on gender based violence, sexual violence, maternal and reproductive health and women’s rights and leadership – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Kivu
(AFEM and MAMA RADIO funded through Match; Registration no.:123037939RR0001)
The programming is participatory and based on field research conducted by women journalists as well as articles posted on AFEM and Mama Radio websites prepared by the journalists following field interviews.
The Match International Women’s Fund – International
(Registration no.: 123037939RR0001)
PeopleSense™ Foundation is proud to be a Founding Member/Major Donor, granting advisory committee member and board member of Match International Women’s Fund, which has for over 40 years funded and supported women’s rights groups through more than 650 partnerships in 71 countries. Through Match’s support, women are respected and endorsed as leaders in developing solutions that address their local, national and regional issues that affect women’s rights.
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Canadian Women’s Foundation – Canada
(Registration no.: 129855607RR0001)
PeopleSense™ Foundation supports the 10th largest women’s fund in the world: the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF charity#129855607RR0001) by providing substantial funding to their violence prevention work in Canada and annually engaging as one of many experts and advisers in the allocation of significant multi-year grants to groundbreaking initiatives in Canada that help women and their children rebuild their lives after abuse, teach male and female teens about healthy relationships and counsel children who have witnessed violence, to help them heal and prevent the cycle of abuse from continuing. PeopleSense™ is especially proud to support those organizations dealing with the disturbing and unresolved disappearance and murder of hundreds of women, mostly aboriginal, along BC Highway 16: “The Highway of Tears”. In 2016 PeopleSense was appointed to the first ever Trafficking Advisory charged with the responsibility of allocating grants across Canada to address trafficking.”
Women Moving Millions – International
(501c3 funded through Place2Give; Registration no.:833678840RR0001)
Community of individuals who have made gifts and pledges of one million or more to organizations promoting the advancement and empowerment of women. We believe that women and girls are the single best investment towards creating healthy societies, economic growth, and global stabilization. What is good for women is good for everyone. In 2016 the first Chair for Violence Against Women and Girls Circle was established and PeopleSense Foundation Founder and Executive Director was asked to assume that leadership position among a group of experienced and dedicated change-makers.
World Pulse – International
(funded through Tides Canada; Registration no.: 130560188RR0001)
PeopleSense™ Foundation has provided leadership funding (through TIDES Canada) to World Pulse, an innovative communications and technology organization and charity that aims to create an international network for women’s voices. The network, comprised of 190 countries, acts as a platform for women to share their ideas and stories in order to promote positive social change globally.
AIDS-Free World – Canada
(through Tides Canada; Registration no.: 130560188RR0001)
Aids-free world works for a more just, urgent, and effective global response to HIV and AIDS. We seek and nurture both targeted and broad alliances for effective, timely action on a range of issues related to HIV and AIDS, including stigma and discrimination, access to medicines, gender inequality, sexual violence, and disability.”
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Canada
(Registration no.: 135275857RR0001)
Médecins Sans Frontières (charity# 135275857RR0001) provides healthcare services and emergency relief in 80 countries since 1971. PeopleSense™ Foundation supports their work repairing women’s fistual. “In 2003, MSF organized its first fistula camps in Ivory Coast and in Chad, and then, in subsequent years, in Sierra Leone, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), CAR and Mali. These ad hoc interventions are continuing today in DRC and CAR. Michiel Lekkerkerker, a medical advisor for MSF, explains: ‘Fistula camps, as we call them, are installed for two months next to existing hospitals. Before we set up the camp, the population is informed so that women with fistula come for consultation. Then we hire additional employees and we prepare between 40 and 80 beds, usually in tents. The surgeon stays about one month on site and operates on several women a day. This method has the advantage of flexibility and it is easier to find a specialized surgeon for a short period.'” (MSF website)
Partners in Health Canada – Haiti & Rwanda
(Registration no.: 03670660RR0001)
Partners in Health Canada (charity#803670660RR0001) is a sister organization to Partners in Health which has over the past 25 years developed an powerful model whereby rigorous research and training enables the organization to achieve its goal of mobilizing resources that contribute to comprehensive high quality health care for the poor while addressing root causes of disease and poor health in impoverished countries. Partners in Health is “relentlessly committed to global health equity” and provides comprehensive services including medical care to people who are destitute and sick including women by providing “access to basic health services proven to lower maternal death rates: family planning, comprehensive neonatal care, adequate nutrition, medical care for childbirth and pregnancy…antiretroviral treatment for pregnant women living with HIV as a way both to improve health and prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus during childbirth.” (PIHCanada website)
UN Women – International
Canadian National Committee for UN Women – Canada
(Registration no.: 892989765RR0001)
UN Women acts as the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. It was created as part of the UN reform agenda and aims to provide resources to bring about international change for women’s rights and improve gender equality throughout the world. The organization runs on the premise that “it is the fundamental right of every woman to live a life free from discrimination and violence and that gender equality is essential to achieving development and to building just societies“ (UN Women, 2011). The Canadian National Committee (charity#892989765RR0001) for UN Women works to increase domestic and international awareness and support for UN women’s work globally. “At the heart of UNIFEM (UN Women) Canada’s work is our financial support of programs that promote women’s human rights, political participation and economic security. A few recent initiatives include: aid for millions of women and girls afflicted with HIV/AIDS, training workshops on gender-based human rights and speaking out on the plights of women and girls who are victims of rape and enslavement in civil conflicts.” (CanadaHelps, 2011)