Project profile — Power, Opportunities, Rights, Equity and Respect for Women and Adolescent Girls


CAUSE Canada (Christian Aid for Under-Assisted Societies Everywhere) (CA-CRA_ACR-3118841428)
2019-10-30 - 2024-07-30
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Guatemala (70.00%)
• Honduras (30.00%)


• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (84.00%)
Reproductive health care (13020) (8.00%)
Family planning (13030) (8.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)


The project aims to reduce sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), reduce adolescent pregnancies, and advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of adolescent girls and young women in Indigenous rural communities in western Guatemala and Honduras. The project focuses on supporting the poorest and most vulnerable women and girls. In Guatemala, girls between the ages of 10 and 14 are giving birth in astonishingly high numbers. In Honduras, domestic violence remains the leading reported crime, yet the number of unreported cases is much higher. Both Guatemala and Honduras have extremely high rates of violence that destabilizes the social and economic systems. Project activities include: (1) providing workshops on entrepreneurship, business skills, financial literacy and vocational skills to adolescent girls and young women; (2) providing support to SGBV survivors, including adolescent-specific post-violence care services, and counselling and resources to access safe houses; (3) providing training on gender equality, SGBV detection, and advocacy on both SRHR and the reduction of SGBV to community leaders, youth councils, women's health committees and community health committees; and (4) adolescent-specific SRHR services for adolescent boys and girls.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) reduced incidence of sexual and gender-based violence among adolescent girls and young women; and (2) reduced pregnancies among adolescent girls.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) provided vocational training to 3,319 people, including out-of-school adolescent girls and young women, contributing to their economic empowerment; (2) raised awareness of 10,575 teachers, parents, community leaders, Women’s Health Committees’ members and violence interrupters - elected positions mandated to monitor instances of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) - through provision of 946 workshops on detecting and preventing SGBV, providing support to survivors, and advocating for SGBV eradication; (3) established 87 Girls’ and Boys’ Clubs, and 197 Youth Councils which provided safe spaces to more than 4,300 adolescent girls and boys, and helped increase their awareness of their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); (4) provided training in adolescent-specific SRHR services to more than 1,500 members of Women’s Health Committees, Community Health Facilitators and Midwives; and (5) provided SRHR services (e.g. HIV and STI counselling and testing, care, support and treatment; pregnancy testing and pre- and post-test counselling and support; maternity care, etc.) to 11,521 people, including 6,838 adolescent girls and young women.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $50,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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