New Grantee Organizations for the Young Women’s Program
In June, 11 new groups from Nicaragua (4), El Salvador (1), Guatemala (3), Honduras (2) and Costa Rica (1) became grantee organizations of FCAM as a part of the Young Women’s Program.
Through the Young Women’s Program, FCAM supports groups and collectives led by girls, adolescents, and young women who promote social change in favor of their rights, while recognizing the diversity among women. These groups work in a creative, innovative, and irreverent way, using tools such as theater, sports, film, and other means to inform, denounce, raise awareness, and influence policy in an effective way in their communities.
The selected groups are diverse, just like the themes of their work, which include: economic violence, discrimination based on sexual preference, preventing violence against young women and girls, sexual and reproductive rights, and people living with HIV. All their projects seek to create positive changes in the lives of girls, adolescents, and young women.
The selection process
In March and April this year, we launched our call for proposals through our media and social networks. We received 81 proposals, of which 22 were pre-selected. A commission of FCAM staff from the Programs team and the Executive Team participated in the pre-selection process. They chose qualifying proposals based on the following criteria: groups must be made up of and led by young women; the proposals must be innovative; and proposals must clearly display a focus on women’s rights.
In keeping with our mission and values, the selection process for the new grantee organizations included input and a vote by all applicants to the Young Women’s Program.
The 22 pre-selected groups received descriptions – through an online program – with a summary of the main points of each proposal. The descriptions briefly outlined each proposal anonymously (there were no names of groups or organizations shared), so that each applicant could complete the necessary evaluations with the greatest objectivity possible. Finally, each applicant awarded a score to each proposal based on a point scale.
Testimonies from the groups participating in the selection process
“The selection process is interactive and it allows us to get to know other projects that could be future alliances, as well as what strategies and methodologies are being used to reach different populations.”
Observatory Against Street Harassment – Nicaragua
“Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the review and evaluation of the different proposals. Each and every one is important and valuable. I trust that the actions of each organization can help reduce the gaps in access to education, health, and security for women and girls in the region. Very good, that we can give our opinions and weigh in on the proposals from our different experiences and points of view.”
A New People Women’s Association – AMUGEN
“The truth is that for us as a group, it was the first time we had ever participated in a vote online. It wasn’t easy, but with the help of the girls, we were able to do it. It was all very interesting because we were able to learn about other ways of working, that all have the same end goal as we do. We don’t have any recommendations. The process is good because we all participate.”
Organization of Women’s Rebirth
Meet the new grantee organizations of the Young Women’s Program
- Feminist Historians Collective – Honduras
- Minervas Young Women’s Collective – El Salvador
- A New People Women’s Association (AMUGEN) – Guatemala
- Feminist Leaders Movement – Guatemala
- Pure Women – Honduras
- The Guts Collective – Guatemala
- Observatory Against Street Harassment – Nicaragua
- Girls Out Front – Costa Rica
- Feminist Group of León – Nicaragua
- Sub-alternate Collective – Nicaragua
- The Goddesses United in Sisterhood – Nicaragua