Expand the Base: A Funders Guide to Gender Justice and Civic Engagement

Publication date: 
December, 2015

Prioritizing gender can lead to a deepened understanding of many pressing and complex social issues, and opens up political opportunities to address them. A gender justice approach to civic engagement helps ensure that everyone can participate in community, state, and national policy discussions. Active and informed constituents can improve conditions for themselves and others by shaping policies, holding elected officials accountable, and demonstrating organized political power.

This grantmaking guide and its accompanying case studies highlight four strategies for funders who want to incorporate a gender justice approach to civic engagement:

1. Make Long Term Investments in Infrastructure and Capacity

2. Support Diverse, Networked, and Local Leadership

3. Integrate a Gender Justice Analysis from the Bottom to the Top

4. Protect the Vote

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