The Maypole Fund is a small grant-giving organisation that funds feminist activism against militarism and war. The women who run The Maypole Fund are volunteers firmly committed to feminist activism against militarism and war in its many and diverse forms. In legal terms, we are registered in England and Wales as Maypole Grants Ltd, a company limited by guarantee (company number: 14829488).
Several women of The Maypole Fund were involved in the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, some join in activities of the Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp, which protests against the development and production of nuclear weapons in the UK, some are members of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and involved in one its country sections, and yet others are active in Women in Black, a worldwide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence.
The money held by The Maypole Fund is donated by women for The Maypole Fund to use. This contrasts with the usual situation in which men own and control money. The Fund’s money is invested so as to produce an income each year to distribute as grants. It is invested ‘ethically’ according to principles avoiding companies involved in armaments, gambling, tobacco and environmentally damaging activities.
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