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 San Francisco #20

April 26th, 2015 by

Nepal EarthquakeI woke up on Saturday morning to news of the devastating earthquake in Nepal and in Northern India, which has already resulted in almost 2,000  over 4000 deaths, with the final death toll predicted to be much higher once the recovery effort gains momentum.

I’ve been watching the media commentary and have been thinking about how we need to do more to lift up the voices and images of women to ensure that aid is being directed in ways that benefit women and girls, as well as men and boys.… Continue Reading

Letter From Piccadilly

March 30th, 2015 by
What I stand for is what I stand on.
Wendell Berry

 

201501309-JaneSloane-CottageFront(Corrected)I am home. Cockatoos hurtle like boomerangs across the morning sky. A cacophony of sounds. The beautiful trees. The awakening of the natural world –

The owners of my Piccadilly cottage, and the wider land on which it stands, are selling the property and so this is my last time here. My doctor has ordered complete rest so that my fractured ankle can heal and she’s told me to cancel all holiday plans. … Continue Reading

Letter from San Francisco #19

February 13th, 2015 by

Life on the bayLiving on a small wooden boat feels like a metaphor for life writ large.

I go from bunkering down during a storm, feeling like I’m in a dodgem car bumping up on all sides, to the dreamy calm and eggshell blue of a new day.

During a recent night’s storm I listened to an interview with poet Mary Oliver who was talking to Krista Tippett (On Being) about her ‘insufficient childhood’ and that walking the woods had saved her life, as had poetry.… Continue Reading

Letter From San Francisco #18

December 28th, 2014 by
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20141116_SausalitoSky3x1000 ‘Put down your bucket where you are’ was Howard Zinn’s prescription for social change.

My small red bucket is here on my boat.  And my boat life fulfils the distilled advice given by a friend, “choose happiness.”  Sausalito must be one of the most joyful places I’ve ever lived.

Floaty boat living is also a great place for contemplation. Especially when working for an organization like Global Fund for Women, with its commitment to women’s human rights globally.… Continue Reading

Letter from Hawaii #2

October 4th, 2014 by

I’m back on Kaua’i, land of double rainbows, waterfalls, surfers, storytellers, music makers, iconic KKCR radio, seed-savers and wisdom traditions. At Hanalei Bay, I watched a woman paddling in her canoe and her white dog watching her from the shore, running up and down the beach, frantic. Suddenly the white dog starts splashing through the water and then the dog is paddling like crazy through deep water to reach her mistress. She follows that canoe until her mistress swerves into shallow waters and, after several attempts, the white dog finally hauls herself onto the canoe.… Continue Reading