2022 was a year of profound adaptation and progress for the United Nations Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF). In the face of unprecedented challenges in every corner of the world, WPHF — together with its growing network of government, UN, civil society and private sector partners — continued to prove its relevance and unique added value as an effective, strategic and responsive instrument supporting local women’s organizations and women human rights defenders in fragile settings worldwide.
As you will discover in the pages of the WPHF 2022 Annual Report, women civil society leaders and their local organizations serve as powerful engines of peace and progress, bringing deep structural change to address the underlying causes of conflict and inequality on the front lines.
In 2022 alone, WPHF launched 21 calls for proposals — its highest number in a given year — bringing to 914 the total number of civil society organizations funded through WPHF in 41 countries since 2016, almost half of which are receiving funding from the UN for the first time. WPHF continues to serve as a powerful localization tool, with 72% of its partners operating at the subnational and local levels.
The WPHF mandate is more relevant than ever before as it works to address the unique needs and amplify the expert voices of frontline women civil society leaders of all ages and diversities, leveraging their added value and unlocking their power to reach the most marginalized communities and effectively break the silos between the world’s most pressing peace and security, humanitarian, development and human rights challenges. We invite you to celebrate and amplify the incredible victories of WPHF civil society partners as they prevent and mediate conflict, respond to humanitarian emergencies, broker peace processes, end sexual and gender-based violence, lift their communities out of poverty, and fight back against discrimination in all its forms with expertise, creativity and determination.