Mediterranean Women’s Fund
Supporting young survivors of violence and cyberharassment in France
Created in 2008, the Mediterranean Women’s Fund is a grant-making foundation that funds grassroots women’s organizations in countries of the Mediterranean basin to make a concrete and ambitious contribution to improve the status of women. In France, the Mediterranean Women’s Fund supports organizations focusing on responding to the specific needs of young women and activists to fight online and in-person abuse.
In France, 1/6 women under 24 experience domestic violence. (En avant toute(s)!)
22 % of young people aged 18-24 have experienced cyberharassment. (Ifop)
40 % of women aged 25-34 have received unsolicited explicit pictures at least once. (Ifop)
Via the Mediterranean Women’s Fund, the Kering Foundation supports the three following organizations.
• En Avant toute(s)!, an organization dedicated to providing support to young women and girls. This innovative organization created the first chat room in France, available on commentonsaime.fr, focused on responding to the needs of young people who are questioning their romantic relationships and the violence they may be experiencing in it : find out more here
• Feminists against cyberharassement (Féministes contre le cyberharcèlement), a feminist organization fighting tech abuse against women, girls and LGBTQIA+ people. With the support of the Kering Foundation, the organization is leading the digital project ‘Our Voices, Our Struggles’ (Nos voix, nos combats), which provides tools and resources to feminist activists being targeted by cyberbullying, threats and intimidation.
• Les Effronté.es, a French feminist collective known for its innovative happenings designed to put feminist ideas at the forefront of public debate. The Kering Foundation supports the expansion of their awareness and prevention programs.
About the Women’s Funds
The Kering Foundation is convinced that social change begins at the community level. That is why it provides funding to six Women’s Funds with the objective of building institutional capacities of grassroots female-led organizations that work on preventing gender-based violence. Women’s Funds also promote alliances between grassroots organizations and other key stakeholders to strengthen movement building against gender-based violence. These funds are currently supporting 16 grassroots organizations.