History

HER Fund was set up on March 8, 2004 by a group of committed women activists in honour of International Women's Day. Our main objective is to raise funds and give grants to support work by women, with women and for women in Hong Kong. Next to this, an important aspect of our work is to raise awareness of women's position and rights in Hong Kong.

Women's organizations in Hong Kong have been working hard to strive for gender equality. Over the years, they have significantly raised women's status in society. However, many of them are finding it increasingly difficulty to secure funding to continue their valuable work. In late 2001, several long-time women activists in Hong Kong embarked on a project to set up a women's fund. The idea received support from Mama Cash (Netherlands), Global Fund for Women (USA) and the Hong Kong Women's Coalition on Equal Opportunities. In 2002, the group undertook a study on the funding needs of women NGOs in Hong Kong. In 2003, Hong Kong Women's Fund (Preparatory Committee) was formally registered as a society. In 2004, the society set up HER Fund Limited. We have successfully received our charity status and tax exemption (IR File No.: 91/7393) in June 2005.