Celebrating a Decade of Empowering Women Worldwide

January 26, 2021 | Donor Direct Action

August 8, 2020 Devastation in Beirut: Lebanese Women and Girls Urgently Need Your Support March 31, 2020 Domestic Violence During COVID-19 – Friday, April 3rd at 1pm March 8, 2020 International Women’s Day: A Video Message from Donor Direct Action December 23, 2019 Highlights from the 35th Anniversary of the Sisterhood Is Global Institute, December 10, 2019 WHEN Founded in 1984 by Robin Morgan, the late Simone de Beauvoir, and women from 80 other countries, the Institute spun off from the book Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women’s Movement Anthology, compiled and edited by Robin Morgan. At publication, Morgan brought together many of these women for a strategy meeting, out of which was born The Sisterhood is Global Institute, the first international feminist think-tank “pledged to visionary yet pragmatic action in support of women’s rights, freedoms, and power.” Among its many activities in the following years, the Institute pioneered the first Urgent Acton Alerts regarding women’s rights; the first Global Campaign To Make Visible Women’s Unpaid Labor In National Accounts; and the first Women’s Rights Manuals For Muslim Societies (in 12 languages). Founding meeting of The Sisterhood Is Global Institute in New York, 1984 Sisterhood Is Global Institute

The founding of The Sisterhood Is Global Institute

Dear sisters and friends,

I want to share with you my delight at celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Donor Direct Action. DDA is the primary initiative of The Sisterhood is Global Institute.

The Institute itself is currently in its 36th year—hard to imagine, since it seems only yesterday that Simone de Beauvoir and I, together with women from 80 nations (primarily the global south), all contributors to my now classic anthology Sisterhood is Global, convened to found it. I well remember those founding meetings, where we talked into the wee hours, made "click!” connections of recognition in our lives, argued vociferously, laughed, wept, embraced, ate and drank and even sang and danced. We all know that founding institutions is hard enough, but sustaining them is where the real crunch sets in. That SIGI has not only stayed alive but persisted in its mission as the think tank of the global women's movement, dedicated to the freeing and empowering of all female human beings, and also has progressed—well, that’s nothing short of triumph.

The progression has taken the happy form of partnering with its visionary yet practical fundraising arm, Donor Direct Action. DDA has had extraordinary success—to date, $3.5 million raised for front-line women’s rights organizations around the world, and with its unique program of directly networking donors with recipient partners. These two elements focus precisely on the women’s groups and organizations that the Institute has always prioritized.

I want to express my personal gratitude to Jessica Neuwirth for this partnership, and to the Donor Direct Action team. DDA has made a concrete difference for the better in women's lives, and beyond that—toward a transformative society. For that and so much more I celebrate this anniversary. I hope you join us with a contribution for this ground-breaking alliance. It will save women’s lives—and it will change yours.

In sisterhood and friendship,

Robin Morgan
President, The Sisterhood is Global Institute

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