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.



Regional Meeting

Luanda, Angola, 11 and 12 April 2014

The Millennium Development Goals: The Vision of the Socialist International Women for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Event: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

14 March 2014

58 Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 10 to 21 March 2014.

Panel discussion hosted by the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations and the Socialist International Women.

Michelle Bachelet Wins Presidential Elections in Chile

16 December 2013

We hereby wish to convey our warmest congratulations to Michelle Bachelet on her victory in the presidential elections of Chile...

Nelson Mandela

18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013

The Socialist International Women (SIW) was deeply saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and Nobel Peace Prize winner. We would like to send our wholehearted condolences to Nelson Mandela’s family, to everyone at the African National Congress (ANC) and to the South African people who have lost their ‘father of the nation’...

Declaration: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2013

Ending gender violence is high on the agenda this International Day to End Violence Against Women – now highlighted every 25 of the month in UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign...

Council Meeting

Istanbul, Turkey, 08 and 09 November 2013

The Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda

Conference 'Women and the Arab Spring'

Reims, France, 04 October 2013

The Socialist International Women participates in the conference 'Women and the Arab Spring' organised by the city of Reims in partnership with the University of Reims...

Convention 'Winning the Future with Equality in Europe'

Seville, Spain, 08 June 2013

The Socialist International Women participates in the convention 'Winning the Future with Equality in Europe' organised by the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)...

Regional Meeting

Mexico City, Mexico, 01 June 2013

Equal pay, working conditions and informal work

Article: Ending the War against Women

02 February 2013

On Valentine’s Day, countless couples will celebrate romance by candlelight. On the same day, one billion women and men worldwide will stand up to shine a light on the darker side of gender relations...


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