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June 15, 2013

Contact: Gloria Mayne


SIF Hosts Delegation Working to End Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Central America 

Women leaders from Central America and the Dominican Republic visit Seattle to meet with local institutions working to end violence against women

Fourteen women leaders from seven Central American countries and the Dominican Republic will visit Seattle from June 14-22 for a weeklong leadership-training program entitled Mujeres Adelante.

The delegation will meet with various private and public institutions in King County focused on the elimination and prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) to enhance their knowledge around the latest strategies, service models, and public policies used to address violence against women.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a critical issue in Central America resulting in increased citizen insecurity and inequalities for women and girls. According to the UNDP, two out of three women murdered in Central America are killed because of their gender.

Mujeres Adelante is a partnership between Seattle International Foundation and the Office of Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State to address GBV by hosting Central American women leaders for a series of exchanges and leadership training programs to enhance their personal leadership, skills and networks, as a key strategy to combat GBV. 

The Mujeres Adelante program aims to create a network of women leaders who will:

1. Raise awareness about GBV, as well as women's rights

2. Increase accountability for preventing, responding to, and addressing GBV

3. Share best practices on service provision and advocacy efforts

4. Facilitate ongoing networking and capacity-building among women leaders in the region 

The week-long training program includes participation of local organizations such as: Consejo; King County Sexual Assault Resource Center; Lifewire; New Beginnings; The Pacific Institute; Planned Parenthood – Great Northwest; King County Prosecutor’s Office, Domestic Violence Unit; Northwest Network; Seattle Police Department Domestic Violence Unit and Victim Support Team; and the Washington State Coalition against Domestic Violence. 

Subsequent to their week in Seattle, the delegation will travel to Washington D.C. to participate in similar training activities organized by the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Women’s Issues.

Click here to see a short video about the program, highlighting last year's delegation to Seattle.

To schedule an interview with a member of the women’s delegation, please contact Gloria Mayne at or 206-547-9337.


Seattle International Foundation (SIF) was founded as a supporting organization to The Seattle Foundation for the purpose of increasing and enhancing international philanthropy and development efforts from the Pacific Northwest and to serve as a resource to our community. SIF is working with corporations, foundations, governments and individuals to alleviate poverty in Central America. Since 2008, the Foundation has invested more than $7 million in organizations working for positive social change throughout the region.



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