Project profile — Building Women's Collective Power


Just Associates Inc.
2022-01-25 - 2026-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Honduras (30.00%)
• Mexico (30.00%)
• Guatemala (30.00%)
• North and Central America, regional (10.00%)


• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (20.00%)
Human rights (15160) (20.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (30.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (30.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• 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)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to enhance gender equality and empower young and adult women activists and their grassroots organizations. It supports women human rights defenders working on the frontline. It focuses on marginalized women. The majority of which are young rural women, LGBTQI activists, and Indigenous women, along with their grassroots women organizations. It helps them enhance their capacity to influence policies and norms for the advancement of gender equality in their communities. The project emphasizes the importance of feminist activism as a driving force in influencing and changing policies and legislations. The approach combines activist leadership and capacity development with alliance building across social movement groups, community organizing, activist safety and strategic advocacy. Project activities include: (1) providing evidence for advocacy on sexual and gender-based violence issues and demands at various levels. These can range from women human rights defenders to stakeholders at national, regional and global level; (2) training women human rights defenders and activists on alliance building, collective and advocacy strategies; (3) organizing exchanges between Mesoamerican and Canadian women human rights defenders and activists; (4) developing toolkits and resources on innovative media strategies and communication tools; (5) providing learning materials on extractivism and economic justice in Central America; (6) organizing cross-regional encounters of women human rights defenders and researchers on extractive industries and their impact on women, communities, territories and the environment; and (7) providing and coordinating the Alquimia Feminist Strategic Leadership courses, a training program for Indigenous and rural women leaders in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. The project is being implemented by Just Associates and the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) strengthened prevention and responses to sexual and gender-based violence. This is done through regional bodies, development donors, human rights and protection organizations and women human rights defenders and their organizations in Central America and Mexico; and (2) improved fair access and control over resources, including financial and natural resources by grassroots rural and Indigenous women and their communities in Central America and Mexico.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in which Just Associates Inc. (JASS) accompanied advocacy actions of the IX Pop Collective, which includes Indigenous women’s organizations and their allies in Guatemala approved Recommendation 39 on the Rights of Indigenous Women and Girls; (2) eight donors and other relevant stakeholders adopted a feminist perspective due to JASS advocacy strategies in different events and using different tools; (3) three Central American and Mexican Women Human Rights Defenders received JASS’s support to mobilize international solidarity on gender-based violence; and (4) 62 human rights defenders built their capacities through JASS’s political facilitator course, strategic leadership course, and live schools through Alquimia School.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,137,500
Planned disbursement $1,474,741
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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