1st for Women Foundation

The 1st for Women Foundation was established in 2005 with one objective: to uplift and empower the women of South Africa. To date, the Foundation has donated over R40 million to a number of women-related civil society organisations that focus on two main causes: gender-based violence and cervical cancer. Thanks to our customers who donate a portion of their monthly insurance premium to the Foundation, we have made a tangible and sustainable difference to the lives of thousands of South African women. This difference is testament to the collective power of women.

The 1st for Women Foundation recently approved a shift from its former national strategy to a more focused one, in supporting fewer but meaningful gender-based violence and cervical cancer projects in rural KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

The goals and objectives of the 1st for Women Foundation are as follows:


  1. Women in rural KZN are protected and enabled against GBV and cervical cancer.
  2. The prevalence of GBV and cervical cancer in KZN begins to reduce.


  • To educate women in rural KZN on GBV and cervical cancer, their rights and the accessibility of services;
  • To educate men in rural KZN on GBV, to understand that it is wrong, and how to play a part in reducing it;
  • To provide women in rural KZN with accessible, local GBV and cervical cancer services; and
  • To ensure appropriate follow-up mechanisms are in place for women in rural KZN to resume their lives (after surviving GBV and receiving results of abnormal pap smears).

Call for applications

The 1st for Women Foundation welcomes initial applications from gender and cervical cancer organisations that focus primarily on women based in the uMkhanyakude, Zululand, uMzinyathi and uThukela Districts of KwaZulu-Natal.

We are specifically looking for paralegal or counselling or health organisations that directly work with:

  • Available Thuthuzela Care Centres/Crisis Centres
  • Local clinics
  • The South African Police Service

Should you fulfil any of the criteria above, please follow the link to fill out the first-round application form and send it to ffw@tshikululu.org.za by no later than Monday 31 October 2016.

Please note – as per the above – that this is a first-round application form. Should the primary application form fulfil the criteria, a full application form requiring more information will be sent to the organisation for completion. Please note, should you get to this point, that funding is never guaranteed. Any queries can be made directly to ffw@tshikululu.org.za.

Click to download the 1st for Women phase one application form