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 from Lebanon

November 7th, 2015 by

The stories of women who had escaped ISIS from when I was in Istanbul were still very much on my mind as we flew into Beirut.  My sense of the city was a place under siege, in spite of a vibrant café culture. At this stage the elections were still to take place and the outcome – a continuation of repression – was still a possibility rather than reality.

We arrived in Beirut late in the afternoon and walked the tiny curvy lanes and steep steps past smashed stone buildings bumping against elegant frames.… Continue Reading

Letter From Turkey #1

October 23rd, 2015 by

I woke up on my boat the day of my departure for Ankara in Turkey to news that two bombs there had killed almost 100 people and caused horrific injuries to hundreds more. With Ankara in chaos I instead flew into Istanbul with a colleague in order to meet with women’s groups in Turkey, and to join a convening of Syrian women activists that Global Fund for Women co-funded with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and MADRE.

Syrian women activists into Istanbul, we heard the call to prayer as we drove alongside an ancient stone wall.… Continue Reading

Letter from San Francisco #21

September 10th, 2015 by

JaneSloane-SausalitoBoatGarden04150831Potus46I left the joyful energy of my houseboat in Sausalito to catch a flight to Mexico City.

This was around the time President Obama was preparing to head to Alaska and to hike the peaks to provide a dramatic visual backdrop to his message about the need for urgent international action on climate change.

I was headed to the International Meeting on Campesinos Economy and Agroecology in America  as a gathering designed to strengthen the movement of campesinos (peasants) fighting for food, water and land sovereignty through agro-ecology, the science behind sustainable agriculture.… Continue Reading

Full Frame CCTV Interview – Sept. 2015

September 6th, 2015 by

Ending child marriage interview

My appearance on Full Frame CCTV with Mike Walters talking about ending child marriage…

Thanks Mike and the team @ Full Frame for such a wonderful experience



Mike Walters

This is shocking. 700 million of the world’s married women were wed before they turned 18. That’s according to UNICEF. This means that twenty eight girls are entering into child marriage every minute worldwide; some 15 million girls per year. Tragically some are as young as eight years old.… Continue Reading

Letter from Uganda

July 16th, 2015 by

I’ve just been in Uganda in East Africa, a country bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the southwest by Rwanda, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to the south by Tanzania.

Jane Sloane / PWABC - Uganda


This is a country that has the distinction of being the world’s second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia. It is home to a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, one of Africa’s Great Lakes and once thought to be the source of the Nile.… Continue Reading