Bodossaki Foundation and Fondation CHANEL join forces with the aim of promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in Greece and announce the 15 organisations that have been selected to participate in their new joint programme, following an open call for proposals.
The programme will strengthen the capacity of 15 selected small- and medium-sized Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) active in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in Greece. This will be achieved through a 5-month tailor made capacity building programme developed and offered by Bodossaki Foundation’s NGO Hub, Social Dynamo. It also includes the provision of small-scale grants of up to €10,000 to the 15 participating CSOs, to strengthen their capacity and to implement activities promoting gender equality and/or women’s empowerment.
The 15 selected organisations and the projects they will implement are:
The objective of the programme is to support the development of smaller organisations across Greece, in order to increase their sustainability and the impact of their work. The capacity building programme will offer the CSOs access to a wide range of services including training, mentoring, coaching and consulting.
The need for this initiative is clear, as the annual report of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) recently ranked Greece last among EU countries in gender equality for yet another year, with its lowest scores in the domains of power and economic decision-making. In parallel, Bodossaki Foundation has recorded the need to support the organisational development of smaller CSOs which are active in the field of gender equality throughout the country.
Bodossaki Foundation is committed to promoting gender equality. In recent years, the foundation has supported a number of CSOs working in this field, supported Greece’s General Secretariat of Family Policy and Gender Equality to improve its services, and implemented activities to improve gender equality in the workplace in Greece. Bodossaki Foundation is also a member of the Alliance for Gender Equality in Europe.
Bodossaki Foundation is also one of the leading providers of capacity building services to civil society organisations in Greece. Bodossaki Foundation’s Social Dynamo is the expression of the Foundation’s vision of a dynamic civil society that acts, influences, and engages, and offers comprehensive support to civil society actors, with a focus on learning, professional support and networking.
Since its establishment in 2017, Social Dynamo has welcomed more than 11,500 representatives of civil society organisations, supporting the organisational empowerment of more than 1,400 CSOs from all over Greece, in collaboration with an extensive network of 250 partners, including organisations such as KEMEL and Hellenic Coaching Association, businesses, international NGOs as well as experienced mentors and trainers.
Fondation CHANEL aims for women and girls to be free to shape their own destiny. Over the last 12 years, it has built a highly credible philanthropic approach and directly impacted over one million women in the world. The Foundation believes that those closest to the issues are best suited to develop the solutions. This guiding principle is reflected in the Foundation’s long-term relationships with partners as well as its offering of support to strengthen their operational capacity and amplify their voices. Fondation CHANEL has actively pursued partnerships in Greece since 2017.