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Contribute to our Women Fund, as Empowering Women around the world, is an action that cannot wait.


WIN Women Empowerment Fund

WIN’s Women Empowerment Fund provides scholarships and solidarity tickets 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 solidarity tickets, as well as supported numerous initiatives. We welcome you to make a difference by making a contribution.

Evaluation and criteria for applicants

  • Finding talented women from different countries with the potential to become leaders
  • Finding new geographic areas, brings the WIN proposal to different countries
  • Diversifying WIN with different nationalities and reinforce the global vision
  • Supporting and inspiring women in challenging economic environments
  • Allowing women to learn and to share their experiences
  • Be actively part of the WIN mentoring programmes richness
  • Bringing new ideas, new opinions, young women, and new generations



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 2021 Global WINConference, scholarships will cover the participant fee and possibly internet costs.

Applications for the 2021 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 2021.
  •  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: 1 September 2021

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.