ROSA, the UK fund for women and girls


Rosa champions funding for women and girls by informing, influencing and advising other funders, companies, individuals and government to promote greater investment in organisations working with women and girls.

For example:

  • Rosa initiated a campaign in the lead up to the 2015 general election. The project brought 13 women’s organisations together to call on politicians to do something about the gap between men and women. The campaign drew on the research and expertise across the organisations represented, and developed seven ‘asks’ of political parties. The campaign, ‘Fair Deal for Women’ was carried forward by the Women’s Resource Centre and was widely tweeted about during the pre-election debates.
  • In 2012, Rosa held a workshop on gendered grant-making for a group of trusts and foundations at the annual conference of the Association of Charitable Foundations. Discussions focussed on what grass roots women’s organisations need and how to develop grants programmes that further gender equality. The event resulted in the production of a short guide for funders on what effective grant-making to women’s organisations looks like. Several funders have since developed grants programmes specifically to support women and girls.
  • In 2010 Rosa spear-headed a special initiative to tackle the taboo subject of female genital mutilation (FGM). The Tackling FGM Initiative, has grown into a collaboration of five funders (Trust for London, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Comic Relief and Kering Foundation along with Rosa). It has supported local champions in communities affected by FGM, and drawn lessons from their work to influence policy makers within local and national Government. By 2015, FGM has achieved mainstream political recognition, with new obligations on local authorities to monitor and report it recently introduced.

For further examples of work, click here.

Contact us to learn more about effective approaches to supporting women’s organisations or how funding programmes can encourage greater gender equality.


Our Mission

Rosa’s mission is to support women and girls to create a society in which they:

Have an equal voice
Are safe and free from fear and violence
Enjoy good health and wellbeing
Achieve economic justice