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October 19, 2012
Contact:  Gloria Mayne

SIF and the U.S. Department of State Launch Mujeres Adelante Women’s Leadership Program
Partners will train women leaders from Central America to combat gender-based violence

Guatemala City – On October 19, 2012, representatives from the U.S. and Guatemalan governments, civil society and international development community, celebrated the launch of Mujeres Adelante, a new initiative of the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) and the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) to combat gender-based violence (GBV) in Central America. SIF and S/GWI will bring Central American women leaders to the U.S. to enhance their personal leadership, skills and networks, as a key strategy to combat GBV.

Click here to see the video to learn more about this program.

“Long term lasting positive change, especially on critical issues such as gender-based violence, will only come by empowering and supporting leaders in Central America, who can lead the advocacy needed to increase awareness, create legal frameworks to protect women, and build institutional capacity at all levels on government,” said Mauricio Vivero, CEO of SIF.

“We, in the United States government, are so pleased and proud to be able to partner with the Seattle International Foundation today in this announcement that is being made to further attack the scourge of gender-based violence," said Ambassador Melanne Verveer. "This is a global scourge… it is fundamentally a violation of human rights. It is also a matter of national security, of a country’s stability… that is why we have come together today, with the Seattle International Foundation, to launch Mujeres Adelante…today the Foundation and United States government are committed to investing in and building the capacity of women, like many of you here, to end this scourge.”

Central America has seen a significant rise of femicide, sexual assault, and domestic violence despite national and regional laws criminalizing violence against women. Mujeres Adelante will raise awareness and accountability on women’s rights and GBV; facilitate sharing of best practices; and build capacity and collaboration among women leaders in the region. Participants will meet with various U.S. private and public institutions focused on domestic violence and violence against women to enhance their knowledge around the most effective strategies, service models, and public policies used to address GBV.


The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) is working with corporations, foundations, governments and individuals to alleviate poverty in Central America. Since 2008, SIF has invested nearly $7 million in organizations working for positive social change throughout the region.

Under the leadership of Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues (S/GWI) seeks to ensure that women’s issues are fully integrated in the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy. The Office of Global Women’s Issues works to promote stability, peace, and development by empowering women politically, socially, and economically around the world.

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