March 8, 2019
Today, Partners of the Americas celebrates International Women's Day. This year's theme is #BalanceforBetter, which calls for gender equity around the world, including in workplaces, governments, and in the media. We would like to highlight the many ways in which our programs, projects, and members strive to better the world by empowering women to change their communities.
- Child Protection Unit: Creating Women-Led Businesses
Through our EducaFuturo and Paraguay Okakuaa projects, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), we provide entrepreneurship training and seed capital to women to launch their own businesses in Ecuador, Panama, and Paraguay. By doing so, we eliminate the need for their children to seek work, allowing them to focus on their education.
- Economic Development and Health Unit: Empowering Rural Women
The USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program, implemented by Partners of the Americas, provides economic opportunities to women farmers and their rural communities. F2F trains women entrepreneurs and heads of households to increase food security in their communities.
- Education and Global Citizenship Unit: Empowering Young Women to Study Abroad
Our 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund actively promotes study abroad programs to students, especially underserved populations like women. Through the Fund, higher education institutions receive grants to lower the cost of studying abroad, allowing women from underprivileged communities to participate in educational exchanges.
- Membership: Supporting Women to Change Their Communities
Partners members organize and implement a vast array of projects and activities throughout the year to support vulnerable populations, including women. Women lead many of our chapters and excel at serving their local communities.
Across the Western hemisphere, Partners volunteers and staff continue to work together and better their communities to create a gender-balanced world.
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