What is Fondo de Mujeres del Sur (FMS)?
Fondo de Mujeres del Sur (FMS for its acronym in Spanish) is a fund that mobilises financial resources and provides support to organisations that promote women’s and LBTIQ+ people’s rights in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Currently, FMS is also implementing a regional programme called Leading from the South, covering 21 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (2016 – 2020).
FMS was founded on October 12th, 2007 by six well-known feminists, as part of the struggle for the women's movement at the regional and international levels, which had already reached the foundation of other women's funds in various parts of the world.
At FMS, we finance and support initiatives of grassroots groups, organisations and networks composed and led by women and LBTIQ+ people, who work to achieve transformative results towards gender equality and justice.
Our goal is to strengthen women, feminist and diversity movements, from a human rights-
based approach, gender perspective, empowerment, intersectionality and interculturality.
• Leadership, Voice-Agency and Political Participation
• Economic Justice
• Eradication of Violence and Discrimination
• Socio-Environmental Justice
• Diverse Gender Identities and Sexualities
To mobilise financial and provide technical resources, so as to strengthen organisational
capacities of women's and LBTIQ+ people's led organisations in situation of most socio-economic, political, cultural, geographic and environmental disadvantages which aim to promote justice and advance gender equality.
To contribute to building societies where women and LBTIQ+ people enjoy their rights fully, are empowered to defend such rights, have access to equal conditions and opportunities, so as to fulfil their potential and live well, free of all forms of violence.
What does FMS do?
FMS mobilises international and local resources and manages funding from bilateral and multilateral international cooperation and individual and institutional donors. In addition, FMS implements different fundraising techniques and resource development strategies at a local level.
FMS provides financial and technical support to women’s and LBTIQ+ people’s organisations (supported groups) based in remote and socioeconomically marginalised areas. Fund allocation is conducted through different thematic programmes and special grants, contributing to strengthen organizational developent and also to carry out specific projects. Our goal is to promote the economic and political empowerment of supported groups and movements. FMS is based on principles of autonomy, flexibility and sustainability. It is the supported organisations themselves, that is, the women and LBTIQ+ people, who prepare and carry out their projects, and manage grants in accordance with their own priorities and strategic interests.
FMS promotes the development of its partners’ organisation and incidence capacities through presence-based meetings and training sessions, carried out together with the groups organisations that FMS supports and other women and LBTIQ+ activists and defenders. The FMS team makes periodic learning and monitoring visits, so as to exchange experiences and assess, together, how projects and strategies are advancing with a view to achieving their effective implementation.
Connection and Bonding:
FMS promotes the establishment of networks and alliances, so as to increase the opportunities that make an impact, while it also develops bonding and communication strategies among people and organisations that defend women’s and LBTIQ+ people’s rights and are based in different geographical areas. The goal is to enhance opportunities, to foster the influence of the work done by partner organisations and activists and to further the possibilities of their making a real impact.
FMS supports women and LBTIQ+ people’s voice and demands by implementing strategies that promote advocacy, political participation and the creation of proposals for more inclusive, fair and equal public policies.
FMS supports collective actions in order to strengthen women and feminist movements in the countries of coverage (Argentina, Uruguay y Paraguay), and its interconnection with other social movements.