Justice and Equality Fund

Rosa is pleased to launch the grant programmes for Round One of the Justice and Equality Fund

 

The Justice and Equality Fund aims to bring an end to the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity by resourcing an expert network of advice, support and advocacy organisations and projects.

Inspired by the phenomenal campaigners of #metoo, TIME’s UP, Ni Nunca Mas, the #lifeinleggings movements and others, a group of UK-based women from the entertainment industry have come together to challenge the culture that permits people in positions of power to sexually harass and abuse others.

Speaking from experiences of harassment and discrimination in UK theatre, film and TV, we want to reach out to other employment sectors, just as our sisters in the USA have done. We are throwing a spotlight on harassment and abuse which has previously been dismissed and ignored.

The UK-wide Justice and Equality Fund (the JEF) aims to make workplaces and other contexts just, safe and equitable for all and ensure that anyone who has been subjected to harassment and abuse, including sexual violence at work, is better able to access support and justice.

Funding for the JEF comes from generous donations from Comic Relief and individuals from all walks of life via the go-fund-me page which states that “We are waking up to the full scale of systemic abuse based on gender and power – abuse that hurts us all. Like all big problems, it needs big, bold solutions. We have created the Justice and Equality Fund, to create the far-reaching personal, social, legal and policy changes that will ensure everyone can feel safe at work, at play and at home. Together we can end the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity.”

Below are the new programmes from the JEF. Click on each programme to find out more:

 

Key criteria

The JEF seeks to recognise the critical role played by specialist organisations, in both working with individuals affected by harassment and abuse, and in working to bring about wider change on these issues.

In Round One we expect the JEF will fund activities and initiatives that are either:

  • delivered solely by women’s organisations (which are led by, and work predominantly for and with, women and/or girls), or
  • led by women’s organisations, in partnership with others.

In addition, successful organisations will:

  1. Have relevant experience in the approach they want to pursue with JEF funding.
  2. Have a strong track-record in actively addressing issues of equality in their work and reaching out to those groups and individuals who face the greatest barriers.
  3. Be well-connected and demonstrably collaborative in their approach.
  4. Have the ability and ambition to mobilise other organisations / be effective influencers.
  5. Be willing and able to take part in communication activity about their JEF-funded work.
  6. Be a charitable organisation – your organisation need not be a registered charity, but your activities must be charitable and legal.

A gendered focus: We understand that sexual harassment and abuse happen predominantly to women and girls and it is important to see these issues as part of a wider spectrum of gender-based violence and abuse. However, we recognise that people of all genders and none are also victims of sexual harassment and abuse. We also know that effective prevention work must engage with men and boys as well as women and girls. We expect the JEF grant-making to reflect this.

 

Please read the application guidance before you apply. If you have an enquiry that is not covered in our guidance materials you can send your enquiry to info@rosauk.org. Please insert ‘Justice and Equality Fund enquiry’ as your email subject and provide your organisation and contact name.