The Gabriele Proft Fund of the Socialist International Women

 

Gabriele Proft

The Gabriele Proft Fund was established in 1969 and receives donations from member organisations of the Socialist International Women as well as from individuals.

The fund was set up to provide support for women's projects in developing countries. The fund was given the name of its founder, Gabriele Proft, as a way of honouring her commitment to women in developing countries.

Over the years the Gabriele Proft Fund has sponsored projects in Senegal, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Gabriele Proft was born in Austria in 1879. In 1909 she was elected Secretary of the National Women's Organisation of the then Austrian Socialist Party. Gabriele Proft was amongst the first women to be elected to the Austrian Parliament in 1919, to which she belonged until 1934 and then again from 1945 to 1953. Gabriele Proft was also President of the Austrian Socialist Women's Organisation until 1959 when she was made Honorary President for life. She was actively engaged in re-constituting the Socialist International Women after the Second World War.

Gabriele Proft died in 1971.

Should a member organisation of the Socialist International Women wish to make a donation to the Gabriele Proft Fund, please contact the Secretariat at the address below.

 

News

International Women's Day Declaration

08 March 2022

The Socialist International Women (SIW) applauds the theme of International Women's Day 2022 "Equality Today for a Sustainable Future"...

Declaration on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2021

This year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is an opportunity to strongly remind our global community of the unacceptable levels of violence women and girls are suffering every single day, in every region around the world...

A Good Education is the Best Guarantee for a Good Life

Article by Tuula Peltonen, published in the Brussels Morning Online Newspaper on 09 September 2021

In Finland, schools are just beginning their autumn term. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, schools will reopen as normal and thousands of teachers will return to teaching...

Situation of Women and Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

26 August 2021

Following the fall of Afghanistan into the control of Taliban forces, the Socialist International Women stands in firm solidarity with the international community both in condemnation of all forms of violence and oppression in Afghanistan and in firm support of innocent civilians caught up in this distressing situation...

Role of Women in Sustainable Peace for Inclusive Development and Economic Security

Article by Shazia Marri, published in the Brussels Morning Online Newspaper on 30 July 2021

Throughout history, women have played a pivotal role in shaping the future. Whether it is the freedom struggles in Asia and Africa or the economic uplift of Europe after the Second World War, women have proved — time and again — their resilience in the face of danger and difficulty alike...

Debt Cancellation: A burden lifted from women

Article by Chantal Kambiwa, published in Brussels Morning Online Newspaper on 17 June 2021

Over the years, acknowledgement of the rights of women and girls has become increasingly central to development strategies across the world and in Africa more particularly. Does this represent a recognition of the value of women and girls and a desire to see them flourish?...

We must defend progress in gender equality after the COVID-19 pandemic

Article by Ouafa Hajji, published in Brussels Morning Online Newspaper on 24 May 2021

Women and girls paid a disproportionate price of the economic shutdown during the pandemic, particularly in developing economies — our policies need to prevent this becoming the new norm, argues Ouafa Haji...

Our Support to Sandra Torres

30 April 2021

Socialist International Women, SIW, would like to show its support to Sandra Torres, leader of the Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) of Guatemala and one of the SI Vice-Presidents...

SIW Council Meeting

30 April 2021

How to reinvent our future after Covid-19

Women are each other’s homeland

Article by Hilal Dokuzcan, published in Brussels Morning Online Newspaper on 30 March 2021

As Turkey withdraws from the Istanbul convention – to which an AKP government acceded in 2011 – a Turkish politician reflects on the prosecution of women, everywhere. There is no homeland for women, she notes, other than other women...

Statement on Turkey's Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

22 March 2021

The Socialist International Women are very sorry to receive the news of Turkey’s decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention determined by the President's decree on March 20, 2021...

Effective Participation and Decision-Making in Public Life - Key to Achieving Gender Equality

16 March 2021

65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 15 to 26 March 2021

Virtual Parallel Event hosted by the Socialist International Women (SIW)

Season's Greeting!

December 2020

Wishing peace and equality for 2021

Publications

The First Hundred Years

A Short History of Socialist International Women

By Irmtraut Karlsson

This book tells the history of the first one hundred years of the Socialist International Women

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