The Gabriele Proft Fund of the Socialist International Women


Gabriele Proft

The Gabriele Proft Fund was established in 1969 and receives donations from member organisations of the Socialist International Women as well as from individuals.

The fund was set up to provide support for women's projects in developing countries. The fund was given the name of its founder, Gabriele Proft, as a way of honouring her commitment to women in developing countries.

Over the years the Gabriele Proft Fund has sponsored projects in Senegal, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Gabriele Proft was born in Austria in 1879. In 1909 she was elected Secretary of the National Women's Organisation of the then Austrian Socialist Party. Gabriele Proft was amongst the first women to be elected to the Austrian Parliament in 1919, to which she belonged until 1934 and then again from 1945 to 1953. Gabriele Proft was also President of the Austrian Socialist Women's Organisation until 1959 when she was made Honorary President for life. She was actively engaged in re-constituting the Socialist International Women after the Second World War.

Gabriele Proft died in 1971.

Should a member organisation of the Socialist International Women wish to make a donation to the Gabriele Proft Fund, please contact the Secretariat at the address below.



Season's Greeting!

December 2019

Wishing peace and equality for 2020

Declaration on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2019

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a powerful reminder that our global society remains plagued by violence against women and girls..

Regional Meeting

Niamey, Niger, from 28 to 30 October 2019

Women's Participation in Decision-Making Processes - the challenges for a 50/50 World

Gender equality and sustainable development: how to empower women and girls to have access to public services

11 March 2019

63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 11 to 22 March 2019

Side Event hosted by the Socialist International Women(SIW) and Pablo Iglesias Foundation

International Women's Day Declaration

08 March 2019

International Women’s Day (IWD) is an opportunity to honour and celebrate all women and girls around the world for their invaluable contribution to their families and communities...

Council Meeting

25 and 26 January 2019

Social Protection Systems, Access to Public Services and Sustainable Infrastructure for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls

Nobel Peace Prize 2018

05 October 2018

The Socialist International Women (SIW) would like to warmly congratulate the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad on winning the 2018 Nobel peace prize for their work on combating sexual violence...

Obituary - Maria Jonas

01 February 1940 - 25 September 2018

We were deeply saddened to hear today that our comrade and friend Maria Jonas, former Secretary General of Socialist International Women, has died at the age of 78 years...


The First Hundred Years

A Short History of Socialist International Women

By Irmtraut Karlsson

This book tells the history of the first one hundred years of the Socialist International Women