Author Archives: Jane Sloane

About Jane Sloane

Recently I’ve made the move to San Francisco to work with the Global Fund for Women as Vice President of Programs. The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women’s rights by making grants that support and strengthen women’s groups around the world. We mobilize and redistribute resources that enable women to develop creative solutions to local, regional, and transnational challenges. And we bring grantees and donors together in an international network that promotes women’s action for social change, equality, peace, and justice worldwide.Jane Sloane has just been appointed as Vice President of Programs with the Global Fund for Women and she will relocate from New York to San Francisco to take up this position in late August. The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women’s rights by making grants that support and strengthen women’s groups around the world. By mobilizing and redistributing resources GFW helps women to develop creative solutions to local, regional, and transnational challenges. The Global Fund for Women bring grantees and donors together in an international network that promotes women’s action for social change, equality, peace, and justice worldwide. Jane 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. Jane has held executive positions for seven marquee social sector organizations including World Vision, Marie Stopes International, International Women's Development Agency, Austrade, World Vision, Sydney Media Centre for the Sydney Olympic Games and the Social Entrepreneurs Network where she was the founding CEO. 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 and she serves on the Board of the International Women's Funding Network. Outside of her work, Jane is a clay sculptor and she is writing a book on citizen action for transformative social change.

Letter From San Francisco #15

February 16th, 2014 by

It was the news no-one wants to wake up to hear, delivered to me by my good friend, Thatch. Pete Seeger was dead. He’d been so much a part of my life for so long that my head hurt and my heart ached with the knowledge of his passing. Pete Seeger who’d written my favorite song, Turn, Turn, Turn. Pete Seeger who, with his wife, Toshi Aline Seeger, founded the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, to protect the Hudson River and surrounding wetlands.… Continue Reading

Letter from Hawaii #1

October 18th, 2013 by

On the back of an intense work period I manage to get a break in Hawaii.  For me island cultures have a special place as they have their own ways of seeing and being and a mystic connection to the sea and nature, as evoked in their storytelling. In their location they are fixed and yet fluid, vulnerable and yet resilient.

Kauai (pronounced Kawaii) casts its spell as soon as we arrive and I feel myself soften as I open up to sea, sky, stars and community.… Continue Reading

Letter from San Francisco #14

September 11th, 2013 by

Peter Buffett’s deeply thoughtful OpEd piece in the New York Times (July 27 2013) has been on my mind for weeks.  I read the letters to the editor and the posts of those scrambling to respond and I also noted that 95% of those responses were from men.  Where were the voices of women?  And how did gender factor into the equation of both the original piece and in the responses?

In his article Buffett states that, as the son of Warren Buffett, early on in his philanthropic journey, he and his wife became aware of a phenomena they dubbed ‘philanthropic colonialism.’ Here it seemed that the donor was attempting to solve local problems rather than allowing local communities to define the problem and determine the response and then receive the funds to make this response possible.… Continue Reading

Letter from San Francisco #13

August 27th, 2013 by

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Like many others living here in the US, I’ve been riveted by the 50th Anniversary of the original 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom while also seeking to understand the relevance of this today.

At the March this year, five women spoke and yet these women represented, at most, 20% of the speakers.

Where were the other women and what were their memories, views, hopes and dreams?

During the 1963 March on Washington, women such as Rosa Parks and Dorothy Height marched down Independence Avenue, while men walked down Pennsylvania Avenue, where the media congregated.… Continue Reading

Letter from San Francisco #12

August 12th, 2013 by

When I was at university I took a course called Mathematics, Information and Communications Management. We had a gifted lecturer whose approach to teaching included a fascinating account of the lives of mathematicians who had influenced the course of history. All of these mathematicians were men.

“Where are the women?” I asked my lecturer after another captivating history lesson, sans women. “There weren’t any of significance,” he said.

Terra nullius means land without owners and, in Australia, the colonisers acknowledged the presence of Indigenous people but justified their land acquisition policies by saying the Aborigines were too primitive to be actual owners.… Continue Reading