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April 6, 2012

Contact: Michele Frix



Grassroots women leaders from Central America working to end gender-based violence

The Secretary’s Office for Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI), in conjunction with the Seattle International Foundation (SIF), is offering an opportunity for women working on gender-based violence (GBV) to receive extensive training. 

The goal of this project is to identify and empower a new generation of women to make an impact in preventing, addressing and responding to GBV in their respective communities.

Week 1: July 23-27, 2012

SIF will run a week-long intensive training program for emerging and aspiring women leaders working to end GBV.  The training will run in Seattle, Washington the week of July 23, 2012 and will be specifically targeted at improving their capacity to end GBV through workshops in both personal and professional development; mentoring opportunities with local women leaders; and networking opportunities with a variety of sectors in order to advance their personal contacts in the US.

Week 2: July 28 – August 2, 2012

The Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau (ECA) will create a follow-on Voluntary Visitors program that will bring the women to Washington, DC after the week-long training program ends. The women will meet with United States officials, non-governmental organizations and other leaders working to address GBV.

All costs associated with this program, including tuition, lodging, meals, local transportation and international flights will be covered.


This program is designed for women civil society leaders from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama between the ages of 21-45.

This includes NGO staff working on GBV issues (in this context, NGOs include non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and related organizations; this program is not open to government employees).  Women working to engage youth, men and boys or working collaboratively across sectors are especially welcome.  We are also especially interested in seeking diversity in ethnic backgrounds (i.e. Mayan, Garifuna, Xinca, Lenca, Miskitos, Afro-descendents). 

The program will be conducted in Spanish; English is NOT a requirement.

Preference will go to women who have never previously been to the United States.  Participants should not be holders of dual US citizenship or US permanent resident status.

Women selected for this program will also be able to remain engaged through SIF’s Central American network of nonprofit organizations, think-tanks, private sector leaders, and others.

The U.S. Embassies in Central America countries require the following information about candidates for nomination:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Institution
  • Date of Birth
  • Age
  • Contact Information
  • Justification for their selection for this program (no more than one page in length)

To nominate a qualifying colleague, partner, beneficiary, or you for this opportunity, contact your local U.S. embassy directly. If you do not have contacts with your local U.S. Embassy, and would like to nominate a leader directly to SIF, please click here to fill out a brief form. These nominations will be reviewed by SIF and selected candidates will be forwarded to the embassies. For more information, please contact Michele Frix, Program Officer:

UPDATE as of April 20, 2012: At this time, we are no longer accepting nominations for this program. Please visit for opportunities in the future.

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