1st for Women Foundation

To date, the 1st for Women Foundation has donated over R30 million to women-related causes and charity organisations. The trust has two focus areas: cervical cancer and gender-based violence.

Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer, despite being preventable and treatable, is responsible for the deaths of many women in South Africa.

It is recognised as a disease of poverty; a result of women failing to access suitable screening and treatment mechanisms.

The Cervical Cancer Programme aims to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer and will support the following programme strategies:

  • Screening for cervical cancer

  • Vaccination against HPV

  • Health promotion through education and awareness.

Application deadlines

The Cervical Cancer Programme is currently closed for applications. Please check this page regularly for further updates.


Gender-based violence

  • Community-based prevention of gender-based violence (GBV)

  • Strengthening of services within the criminal justice system

  • Supporting organisations providing services to survivors of gender-based violence.

The programme welcomes applications from gender organisations that focus primarily on women and which:

  • Have a national footprint or extend their services into rural areas

  • Include people with disabilities in their programmes

  • Include men as partners.

Application deadlines

The Gender-based Violence Programme is currently closed for applications. Please check this page regularly for further updates.