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MEDIA ADVISORY
October 12, 2012
Contact: Gloria Mayne
206-547-9337

Launch of Mujeres Adelante

New training for 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 media will gather for the launch of Mujeres Adelante, a new initiative of the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) , working with the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) to combat gender-based violence (GBV) in Central America.  The initiative will bring women leaders from the region to the U.S. for skills and capacity building as a key strategy to combat GBV.

Central America has seen a significant rise of femicide, sexual assault, and domestic violence despite national and regional laws outlawing 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 private and public institutions focused on domestic violence and violence against women to enhance their knowledge around the latest strategies, service models, and public policies used to address GBV.

WHO:                      Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues

                                 Mauricio Vivero, Executive Director, Seattle International Foundation

WHAT:                     Launch of Mujeres Adelante Program

WHEN:                    Friday, October 19, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:                 Westin Camino Real, Salon la Ronda

                                 Calle Camino Real 0-20 01010, Guatemala City, Guatemala

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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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