Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Global Fund for Women Collection
Collection Number: Consult library.
Murray, Anne Firth.
Barrown, Nita, Dame.
Global Fund for Women.
Extent: 69 linear feet
Abstract: This collection consists of reference and promotional materials from other organizations divided into eight record groups:
Record Group I, Institutions; Record Group II, Periodicals; Record Group III, Monographs; Record Group IV, Conference and
Agency Reports; Record Group V, Reference Materials; Record Group VI, "How-To" Manuals; Record Group VII, Audio-Visual Material;
Record Group VIII, Miscellany.
Language of Material: Multiple languages
Collection open for research.
Contact the Special Collections Curator, F. W. Olin Library, Mills College for copyright and permission to publish information.
Global Fund for Women Collection. Mills College
Donated by the Global Fund for Women in 2003.
The Global Fund for Women was established in 1987 by New Zealand-born Anne Firth Murray, its founding president and first
CEO. According to its website, she and co-founders Frances Kissling and Laura Lederer were “determined to address the lack
of funding available to women activists worldwide with the creation of a global foundation dedicated to their support. Dame
Nita Barrow, former governor general of Barbados, and a leading figure in the global women's movement was the fourth founding
member of the Global Fund. In September 1996, Murray retired and was succeeded by Kavita N. Ramdas.”
Ramdas, the current president and C.E.O. of the Global Fund, received an honorary degree from Mills College in 2009.
The Global Fund for Women describes itself as “an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality
and social justice. We advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the
We are part of a global women's movement that is rooted in a commitment to justice and an appreciation of the value of women's
experience. The challenges women face vary widely across communities, cultures, religions, traditions and countries. We believe
that women should have a full range of choices, and that women themselves know best how to determine their needs and propose
solutions for lasting change. The way in which we do our work is as important as what we do. This philosophy is reflected
in our flexible, respectful and responsive style of grantmaking.
The Global Fund makes grants to seed, strengthen and link women's rights groups based outside the United States working to
address human rights issues that include:
* Ending Gender-Based Violence and Building Peace
* Ensuring Economic and Environmental Justice
* Advancing Health and Sexual and Reproductive Rights
* Expanding Civic and Political Participation
* Increasing Access to Education
* Fostering Social Change Philanthropy”
Scope and Content of Collection
Record Group Descriptions
Record Group I. Institutions
This record group consists of the following material from grantor institutions, grantee grass roots organizations and NGOs:
Brochures, annual reports, occasional informational pieces about the organization and/or its road to others. Organizations
include the United Nations and the Global Fund for Women itself. Publications include newsletters if other material is present
as well. Material is organized at folder level, alphabetically by institution. Index.
Record Group II: Periodicals
This record group consists of periodicals, journals, and newsletters of various frequencies of publication if no other material
from the publishing institution is in the Institutions files. Material is organized at folder level, alphabetically by title
within region. Series 1. Global; Series 2. Africa; Series 3. Asia; Series 4. Europe; Series 5. Indian Subcontinent and Middle
East; Series 6. Latin America and Caribbean; Series 7. U.S. and Canada. Organized at folder level. Indices.
Series 8. Other Languages. There is no index; Series 9. References: card index and database printout
Record Group III: Monographs
This record group consists of academic papers, individual reports, etc. Series 1. English language. Arranged by subject within
region: Global; Latin America and Caribbean; Asia; Southeast Asia; Middle East; Europe; U.S. (See table and subject descriptions.);
Series 2. Spanish language. Arranged by subject but not region (There is no table); Series 3. Other Languages. Arranged by
subject to the extent possible (There is no table).
NOTE: WORKS SELECTED FOR CIRCULATING COLLECTION IN GENERAL LIBRARY are catalogued by Dewey numbers. They are searchable by
“Global Fund” as either author or title on the Mills College catalogue, Minerva.
Record Group IV: Conference and Agency Reports
This record group is arranged alphabetically by organization or agency. There is no index.
Record Group V: Reference Materials
This record group contains information about organizations. Series 1. Bibliographies: Alphabetical by subject. English and
Spanish; Series 2. Directories of organizations and other resources. Alphabetical by organization.
Record Group VI: “How-To” Manuals
This record group contains practical publications on activism, fundraising, instruction, management, trusteeships, etc. Material
is alphabetical by author, then organization.
Record Group VII: Audio-Visual Material
This record group consists of recordings in the various audio-visual formats and in several languages. Record Subgroup 1.
Videos (NTSC). Series 1. English; Series 2. Spanish and Portuguese. Record Subgroup 2. Audiocassettes. Series 1. English;
Series 2. Spanish; Series 3. Other languages. Record Subgroup 3. Compact Disks (various languages). Record Subgroup 4. Foreign
formats. Sometimes arranged by type of content (e.g. activist vs. musical). There is no index.
Record Group VIII: Miscellany
Series 1. Calendars, cards and other ephemera; Series 2. News clippings
Women's health services.
Global Fund for Women.