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WIN Women Empowerment Fund

WIN’s Women Empowerment Fund provides scholarships to individuals and funding to projects that can improve lives and enable economic and individual empowerment. Knowing that we are stronger when we join together, WIN has donated 3-5% of its income each year to women’s causes through the WIN fund, which also receives contributions from individuals and companies. Despite our small size we have awarded more than 1000 scholarships and supported numerous initiatives. We welcome you to make a difference by making a contribution.


WIN Scholarships 

WIN offers free or subsidized conference participation to women who demonstrate the potential to become the leaders of tomorrow as well as proven leaders operating in challenging environments through the WIN fund. We also support scholarship winners through the visa application process so that they are able to travel to and attend the conference. Each donation, no matter how small, makes a huge difference. All money donated to the fund is used to provide scholarships unless otherwise specified and there is no minimum donation.

You also have the opportunity to sponsor one full scholarship through our sister to sister scholarship scheme. A donation of €3,000 covers travel, visa administration, accommodation, and the conference registration fee for an outstanding woman to attend WIN from outside of Europe. By supporting this initiative, you will make a huge difference to one person’s professional and personal development. You also have the option to meet your scholarship recipient during the conference to establish a lasting connection.

For the 2020 edition of the Global WINConference, the WIN Fund will support the setting up of hubs and internet connection in areas of the world where that is a challenge.


Applying for a WIN Scholarship

The WIN Scholarship programme of the WIN Fund offers free or subsidized conference participation to women who exemplify the potential to become leaders of tomorrow and to proven leaders operating in difficult economic environments. Applicants to this highly competitive program are selected based on their economic need and their potential to effect change and inspire others in their home countries.

Scholarships cover the conference fee, which includes all sessions, lunches, coffee breaks, networking and social events. Scholarships do not include flights or accommodation. In light of the hybrid online and in-person format of the 2020 Global WINConference, scholarships will cover the participant fee and possibly internet costs.

Applications for the 2020 Global WINConference are now open.

To apply, please send an email to with the following:

  •  Your motivation on why you want to join our event.
  •  How you believe you can contribute to WINConference 2020.
  •  How you foresee the WINConference experience helping you, your organisation or community.
  •  A brief explanation of why you are in need of financial support to attend the conference.
  •  Curriculum Vitae or short bio.

Application deadline: 15 August 2020

Donating to the WIN Women Empowerment Fund

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For 2019/2020 we would like to thank the following people and organisations for their generous contributions to the WIN Fund.

  • The de Groot Foundation
  • Gabrielle Kluck
  • Eve Konstantine
  • Steliana Van de Rijt-Economu
  • Ramune Lekamaviciute
  • Margrit Mau
  • Olga Schejerbeck
  • Simone Poletto

Special Projects

WIN provides support to special projects targeting issues faced by women and girls around the world. These have included a school project in Sierra Leone, conferences and events to empower women in Cameroon, initiatives with schoolgirls in India and community projects in Maison Shalom, Burundi. Some of these projects have been initiated by past scholarship winners who gain inspiration and tools to accelerate their work at WIN.

Organizations We Support

CEFAP / Ladies Circle & the WIN Conference Forum - Cameroon

In partnership with Anne Pelagie Yotchou Tzudjom from Ladies Circle, we have sponsored the organisation of the independently-run WIN Conference Forum Cameroon since 2008. This platform brings together around 100 women and men of all generations for three days of learning, sharing of experiences, good practices and networking for the advancement of women. The main goal has been to develop the potential of women and young women, without any discrimination in social status, so that they can become the main actors of their own development and help raise up their families, their communities and their organisations.

Global Foundation for Women and Development - Ghana

Global Foundation for Women and Development is based in Accra, Ghana. It is an activist group that aims to provide a platform for the socio-economic empowerment and development of women. The group mentors younger women to help them achieve more for themselves and support their communities.

Daughters of Kenya - Kenya

Daughters of Kenya is a non-profit organization working towards improving the lives of vulnerable girls and young mothers in Kenya. They work to ensure that every orphaned and vulnerable girl is able to experience the love and security that only a family can provide. Their mission focuses on education, ending violence against children and economic sustainability.


Past Projects

Maison Shalom - Burundi

Maison Shalom was founded in 1993 by Marguerite (Maggi) Barankitse, in the aftermath of the civil war. WIN raised €6,000 at one event to help provide a more sustainable living environment for the children and volunteers of the community. The funds were used to provide 20 cows, which were allocated to 20 fostering families with an average of 8 members. In 2016, Maggi Barankitse was named as the inaugural laureate of the $1 million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.

WIN Girls - India

The WIN Girls Project awarded scholarships to deserving students to allow them to benefit from higher education for a minimum of 3 years. During this period, girls were provided with college fees and small stipend each month for books and study materials. Each scholarship holder committed to reaching out to at least 10 other girls every year to encourage them to understand the benefits of study, not getting married too young and helping others in society.