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RUBY JOHNSON

I am a feminist activist, strategist and independent consultant with over 15 years experience working with global and grassroots organisations to advance gender justice and human rights. 

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I support grassroots organisations, international NGOs, private and public foundations, Women’s Funds and UN Agencies to build strategies and funding approaches, design programs, develop participatory grantmaking practices and strengthen their organisations. I have solid experience working with young women and girls and co-creating initiatives that centre the decision making and power of young people.

I am passionate about shifting power in philanthropy and international development and have a strong understanding of how funders can meaningfully resource the work of activists and movements. I have a passion for creative documentation and storytelling. I have experience working with young feminist led collectives, women’s human rights defenders and environmental defenders in Latin America, and Asia and the Pacific and expertise in funding with a gender, youth and intersectional lens across the world. 

Current and recent clients

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"Through co-leading FRIDA and building the only global fund focused on young feminists, she has developed deep expertise in resourcing grassroots girl and young women led organizations and building participatory grantmaking models. Ruby is also an excellent facilitator, strategist, connector, listener and communicator, and is deeply connected to multiple social justice movements globally. In addition to being a joy to collaborate with, to all of her work Ruby brings creativity, a strategic mind, rigor, love, and is not afraid to look beyond, and push others to look beyond, the well-trodden path."

 

Jody Myrum, 

Director of the NoVo Foundation's Initiative to Advance Adolescent Girls' Rights