Project profile — Strengthening Women's Organizations to Support Women's Political Leadership

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Strengthening Women's Organizations to Support Women's Political Leadership - Overview
ParlAmericas - Parliamentarians for the Americas (CA-CRA_ACR-3868778606)
2018-12-05 - 2024-03-31
Country / region • West Indies, regional (40.00%)
• South America, regional (20.00%)
• North and Central America, regional (40.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (70.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Elections (15151) (10.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Legislatures and political parties (15152) (20.00%)
Policy marker • Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to address the continued under-representation of women in leadership and decision-making roles in Latin America and the Caribbean, which limits their ability to fully exercise their human rights. The project addresses this issue by strengthening two non-partisan women’s leadership organizations in the region. The project also works to build the capacity of these two women’s organizations so that they can more effectively implement their programming, network with stakeholders, and provide knowledge and skills-developing services to emerging women leaders. The project also aims to position the organizations as sustainable, credible vehicles for advancing the participation of women in politics. Project activities include: (1) providing technical support on financial and fund management and diversification, establishing local chapters, strategic planning and results-based management; (2) coordinating leadership initiatives for young women, and outreach to socialise positive attitudes about women in leadership roles for school-aged girls and boys; (3) providing training to encourage and support electoral candidacies by women; and (4) sharing experiences and best practises with other women’s organizations, through the strengthening of communications and advocacy tools, and strategies.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved management and sustainability of intermediary organization and their local chapters in the region; and (2) enhanced delivery of activities by intermediary organisations and their local chapters, to promote and support enabling environments for women’s political leadership in the region.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) opened fully equipped and staffed offices for two non-partisan women’s leadership organizations in the region. This included the legal registration of Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL) as a non-governmental organization in Trinidad and Tobago and securing a permanent office space for the NGO the Foro Nacional de Mujeres de Partidos Políticos (FONAMUPP); (2) formed seven CIWiL country chapters in Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, The Bahamas, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago; (3) implemented the inaugural Young Women in Leadership initiative by CIWiL in partnership with ParlAmericas and the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, in which 58 young women participated; (4) implemented the second Young Women in Leadership initiative by CIWiL and ParlAmericas, in partnership with the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda, in which 41 young women participated; (5) implemented the first Impacto Legislativo Joven initiative by FONAMUPP and ParlAmericas, in partnership with the Citizen Participation Directorate of the National Assembly of Panama in which 45 young leaders (26 women/19 men) participated. This resulted in the creation of a citizen’s initiative on sustainable and inclusive ecotourism. The initiative was converted into a bill and is now before a commission of the National Assembly; (6) coordinated three editions of the Brújula Mujer Joven initiative by FONAMUPP in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation; (7) 1,000 women and nine men from 11 countries and one territory participated in CIWiL training activities to encourage and support electoral candidacies and transformational leadership; (8) 1,246 women and 42 men participated in FONAMUPP trainings in Panama. The activities looked at ways of improving conditions for the election of women since the country’s May 2019 elections; (9) supported 160 women’s organizations and networks through project activities, including 103 from 11 Anglophone Caribbean countries and one territory (Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago, and Saint Maarten), and 57 in 13 Latin American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela); and (10) 197 young persons (of whom 181 are women) in the Caribbean and 235 young persons (of whom 179 are women) in Panama have benefited from youth-focused leadership training activities implemented by the intermediary organizations.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $892,012
Transaction Date Type Value
07-12-2022 Disbursement $326,744
08-07-2022 Disbursement $565,268
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