Author Archives: Jane Sloane

About Jane Sloane

Almost two years ago Jane made the move to San Francisco to work with Global Fund for Women as Vice President of Programs. Global Fund for Women remains one of the world’s largest public foundations, and one of the most consistent funders investing exclusively in the rights of women and girls. It continues to be ranked among the top sources of funding for women-led organizations working on social, economic, and political empowerment to address the gender injustice that has marginalized women and, in so doing reduced the economic and social potential of countries and the global economy.. Over the past 26 years it has distributed over $110 million to thousands of women's rights organizations globally as part of its vision to realize transformative shifts in power to advance women's and girls' human rights. Jane was previously was Vice President of Development with Women's World Banking in New York - an organisation that in 2010 provided microfinance and micro-health insurance to almost 26 million women in developing countries. Prior to this, Jane was Executive Director of International Women's Development Agency, an organization supporting grass roots women's groups to advance women's human rights in Asia and the Pacific. Jane was inspired in her work by time spent with Nelson Mandela in 2000 where he encouraged her to focus on conflict resolution and citizen led change. Her commitment in the field of human rights and public policy has been recognized with an Asia Pacific Business Women's Council Woman of Distinction Award, a Churchill Fellowship to improve Humanitarian Emergency Response Models for Australia and the region after the Asian tsunami, an Australian Government Endeavour Professional Award focused on increasing Pacific women's political participation and a Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Fellowship. She is also one of the original 75 Australian climate change presenters trained by Al Gore. Jane holds a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney and a BA (Hons History) from the University of Adelaide. She serves on the Board of the Women's Funding Network and The Sophia Institute.

Letter for the Janes in the World

July 9th, 2016 by

Suzanne French, Jane McKeever, and Mary Joan Schmidt holding banners and signs in an ERA march on 05/14/1977On the eve of my birthday I want to celebrate the Janes in my life.

scientistQuotesGoodallClipped to a pin board in my bolt hole boat kitchen is the image I wake to each morning – of Jane Goodall with a baby chimpanzee – perhaps it’s Fifi. This image is above a wooden figure with moveable body parts, which I’ve fashioned with arms akimbo and dancing feet to remind me to embrace opportunity and possibility with an open mind and heart. I continue to be inspired by Jane Goodall’s work in sparking and sustaining a movement for young environment activists through her Roots and Shoots network.… Continue Reading

Letter From The Running and The Rising

May 29th, 2016 by

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I’m just back from the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen, a convening on the health, rights and well-being of girls and women that takes place every three years. The conference dynamically engaged some 5,500 people from 169 countries, with 20% under 30 years of age and all of whom came with their energy, ideas, strategies and solutions for change.

Yemurai Nyoni WDC2016One of the participants under 30 was Yemurai Nyone, Founder and Advisor, Dot Youth Organization and 2013 Women Deliver Young Leader, Zimbabwe who spoke at the opening plenary and who said “My strength [as a man] is not defined by the weakness of others.… Continue Reading

Power of Artivism

April 25th, 2016 by

Last year just before Australian singer/songwriter Shane Howard released his new album “Deeper South” I had the privilege to talk with him for a few hours. This year Australian Quarterly published my piece in their April 2016 Issue.

Artists, whether they be musicians, painters, dancers, sculptors or writers, have incredible potential to catalyze social change through the way they use their art.

I’ve long been drawn to the story of Shane Howard’s life, first as creator-singer of the band, Goanna, and later as a solo musician, Shane Howard continues to use his lyric power to reconnect Australians to spirit of place.… Continue Reading

Future Health Leaders Conference 2015 – “Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders”

April 10th, 2016 by

FUTURE HEALTH LEADERS 2015 CONFERENCE
“Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders”
19-21 NOVEMBER 2015 SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

KEYNOTE: THE POWER OF MOVEMENTS – A GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF FUTURE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Last November I was invited to give speak at the 2015 Future Health Leaders Conference . It was a wonderful event and I particularly want to thank Shannon Nott for the invitation to speak.

My keynote speech was THE POWER OF MOVEMENTS – A GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF FUTURE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS about the potential, individually and collectively to lead a strong health worker movement to change the world.… Continue Reading

Letter From San Francisco #22

April 2nd, 2016 by

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sausalito boatI’ve just arrived back on my boat in Sausalito from being in Australia. A couple of days after my return I open my hatch and watch a man with a pirate hat rowing toward shore. Hi, he says with a grin, although in my mind it’s more har, har. I’m back in Sausalito, Grateful Dead territory.

And back on campaign turf. The Presidential campaign feels like a microcosm of what’s playing out in the wider world. At one end of the spectrum there’s fear and greed trumping all and at the other a genuine citizen powered movement for social justice.… Continue Reading