International Project Grants
About the Program
When AAUW International Fellows pursue education in the United States, their commitment to empowering women and girls in their home countries does not end — and their need for funding does not either. To create lasting support for women and girls across the globe, AAUW gives grants to recent International Fellowship alumnae who have returned to their home countries to build on their academic work and implement community-based projects that will improve the lives of women and girls.
Alumnae of our International Fellowships and International Project Grants have tackled women’s equality issues in their communities head-on. From securing property rights for widows to building safe hearths for cassava production, these women are helping the most vulnerable — and the most resilient — members of their communities.
Project: Increasing Widows’ Education and Access to Legal and Human Rights in Cameroon
By working directly with tribal elders, legal advisers, and service providers, Evelyn Mafeni (2013–14) helped Cameroonian widows use the legal system to their advantage, including helping them gain property lost due to the deaths of their husbands. Mafeni was a 2003–04 International Fellow and she has used her master’s degree in peace studies to promote the rights of women and girls in her home country of Cameroon and across Africa.
Project: Capacity-Building Training for Women in Mongolia
Otgontugs Banzragch (2012–13) taught low-income Mongolian women the building blocks of financial autonomy — how to save, open a bank account, apply for a loan, and, in some cases, start a business. Banzragch used her 2007–08 International Fellowship for a degree in economics and education. She has held prominent positions at the National University of Mongolia, including dean of the graduate school and dean of the economics school.
Project: Entrepreneurship Development Workshop for Marginalized Women in Nepal
Rabita Rajkarnikar (2012–13) helped low-income women in Nepal become entrepreneurs by training them in management, finances, embroidery, legal rights, and women’s rights. Rajkarnikar, a 2008–09 International Fellow, earned her graduate degree in urban and regional planning. She is a lecturer at Kathmandu Engineering College and works with the Women’s Rights and Economic Development organization.
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