Project profile — Women Leading Change


Alinea International Ltd (CA-CRA_ACR-0010008163)
2021-11-25 - 2025-10-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Guatemala (33.00%)
• El Salvador (33.00%)
• Honduras (34.00%)


• Post-Secondary Education: Advanced technical and managerial training (11430) (10.00%)
• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (20.00%)
Human rights (15160) (10.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (10.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (50.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant 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 (significant objective)
• 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 seeks to enhance gender equality and empower women, youth and Indigenous peoples in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. It does so by increasing the involvement of women, youth and Indigenous peoples in public leadership and decision-making processes and strengthening the capacity of municipalities, justice system actors and community-based organizations to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The project works with municipal governments and organizations led by women, youth and Indigenous peoples to address key equality gaps. For example, gaps in decision-making, equal access to, and control over, resources and equal realization of rights for women and vulnerable groups in the region. Project activities include: (1) developing and delivering a tri-national leadership program for women, youth and Indigenous peoples. The program covers leadership, management, negotiation and public policy advocacy; (2) organizing regional exchanges to share best practices on leadership and empowerment of women, youth and Indigenous peoples; (3) providing technical assistance to local governments and municipal women’s commissions to implement the integral development of women public policy; (4) providing technical assistance to the Tri-National Women’s Network and associated organizations for improved advocacy to prevent SGBV; (5) providing technical assistance to local governments, justice officials and community-based organizations to expand their SGBV prevention and protection services and improve their capacity to respond to victim needs; and (6) developing and disseminating community, municipal and national campaigns to increase awareness of the social and economic consequences of SGBV and its impact on victims.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) enhanced and more systematic engagement of women, youth and Indigenous peoples in public leadership and decision-making processes; and (2) strengthened prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence by municipalities, justice system actors, and community-based organizations.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) delivered 146 psychological and legal service sessions in two municipalities, Camotan and San Juan Ermita, in Guatemala; (2) supported 96 individuals (89 women) through these services; and (3) conducted 12 gender-based analyses in municipalities where project partners worked to identify barriers in decision-making, representation in public and the ability to exercise leadership by women, youth and Indigenous Peoples.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,600,000
Planned disbursement $967,936
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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