THE AMERICAS AND THE CARIBBEAN

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Mano Amiga de la Costa Chica

Mano Amiga de la Costa Chica is an organization that works for the political, economic and cultural empowerment of Afro-Mexican women and youth in Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero, Mexico. There are currently no culturally-sensitive sexual and reproductive health programs for Afro-Mexican adolescence and youth in their communities. Therefore, they seek to support Afro-Mexican adolescents and young people to access their sexual and reproductive rights, through feminist self-care kits, reliable contraceptive methods, brochures with information on safe abortion and a guide to conscious menstruation with a menstrual cup for beginners.

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Organización de Mujeres Jóvenes y niñas con discapacidad "La Esperanza"

 

The organisation of young women and girls with disabilities "La Esperanza" is group of women with disabilities, lesbian, trans and gender non-conforming young people, who work for the inclusion of these populations in Nicaragua. Most of the members of the organisation do not have a formal job or they have small businesses, which have been directly affected by the pandemic. This organisation seeks to advocate for emergency care at the municipality level, provide protection and hygiene kits to the most vulnerable groups that currently do not have any income, as well as psychological sessions for the organisation.

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Serena Morena: Aborto, justicia y oportunidad

Serena Morena is a feminist network of young volunteer women in Peru who frequently accompany criminalised women due to abortion. During this pandemic, Serena Morena has accompanied women who live in situations of violence in their homes and who do not have a safe space to carry out an abortion. Serena Morena seeks to improve the mental health of those accompanying abortions so that the women they accompany have a more solid accompaniment. They also seek to facilitate access to medicines for women who do not have the financial resources to have an abortion.

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Coletivo TEIA

 

Coletivo TEIA is a black women-led grassroots group fighting for the human rights, integration and emancipation of black women, girls and the black community in general. Taking an intersectional feminist approach, the group fights racism, classism and gender-based violence, aiming to collaborate to end mass incarceration. The group runs a Socio Educational Project in a young women's prison, but has been unable to carry out normal activities due to COVID-19. Despite this, they are in close contact with recently-released girls who need support with basic necessities, as well as support to restart their lives after incarceration. Coletivo TEIA aims to provide basic supplies to marginalized girls, as well as emotional support and accompaniment, building awareness of their rights and protecting them from gender- based violence and family conflict.

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COMISIÓN MUJER JOVEN/AMOJO

The Comisión Mujer Joven / AMOJO is a group of girls and young women from Ometepe Island, Nicaragua that works for the defense and exercise of girls and young women rights with autonomy and emphasis on the prevention of violence. In the context of the pandemic experienced by the world, by our country and by Ometepe, girls and young women have been exposed to the pandemic and are experiencing the emotional consequences of domestic, community, and gender-based violence and the lack of economic resources that directly affects girls, especially in their basic personal hygiene and sanitation products. The Comisión Mujer Joven / AMOJO seeks to provide basic food and sanitary kits for girls from rural communities. They also seek to strengthen food security by planting vegetables in their yards to have food at the end of the year. They also aim at generating online information for the prevention of violence and COVID-19 in the communities where they work through messages and videos (social networks and WhatsApp).

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Tinokwe Foundation

 

Tinokwe Foundation from the United States supports indigenous girls to study their tribes and speak their indigenous language to embrace, advocate and instill pride in them for who they are as indigenous women. The foundation works toward creating a sisterhood, community and safe space for girls to share resources and feel empowered. Their core belief is to empower their next generation of life givers to be proud and informed advocates.

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Leer para Soñar

Leer para Soñar is a group of young women from El Salvador, which works to defend the rights of children, adolescents and women through socio-educational processes that humanise, sensitise and empower to generate spaces free of violence. They have identified girls, and their families, from rural areas and with low-income that have been affected by the measures decreed due to COVID-19. In this context, the group seeks to support these girls through the creation of home gardens and through providing food. In addition, it aims to develop self-care processes so that girls recognise the importance of being listened to and the importance of expressing themselves about what they are currently experiencing.

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TColettive

 

TColettive is a group of organizations and trans/non-binary activists from Brasilia created in solidarity during the Covid-19 pandemic to support already vulnerable populations. They recognize that LGBTI people are being affected by the pandemic in particular ways, such as barriers accessing health-care, disruption on their extended chosen family structures and economic hardship. They have also identified that the marginalization and vulnerabilities imposed on the trans community, specifically place these people among the most exposed to the Covid-19 pandemic. TColettive wants to ensure that support measures to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic reach this part of the population. They aim at providing donations to the trans community, and to build an online campaign to raise more resources and items to respond to this emergency.

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Alianza Mexicana de Trabajadoras Sexuales (AMETS)

Alianza Mexicana de Trabajadoras Sexuales (AMETS) is an organization that seeks labor recognition of sex work, as well as the defense of the rights of those who exercise it. The vulnerability of sex workers in Mexico has increased due to the decrease in work and the increased risk to health caused by the pandemic. AMETS seeks to support sex workers with the provision of pantries, financial support, rental support, and community kitchens for the homeless. AMETS proposes to prioritize support for young women with disabilities, single mothers, and trans girls, among others.

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Articulação Intercomunidades para o Bem Viver

 

Articulação Intercomunidades para o Bem Viver is made up of girls and young women from traditional and rural communities located in the state of Maranhão, Brazil. This joint seeks to fight and resist different logistics projects aimed at mining and agribusiness that generate expropriation of their land and territory. Even during the pandemic, these communities suffer threats of expulsion from their territories, and with the advancement of COVID-19, isolation increases due to limited access to the internet and telephony. In this context, the group seeks to accompany its communities through information campaigns for the prevention of Covid-19, financial support for the production of masks, and the acquisition of baumanometers, thermometers, and oximeters, among other actions.

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Asociación para la promoción y el desarrollo de la comunidad CEIBA

 

For 27 years, the Asociación para la promoción y desarrollo de la comunidad CEIBA has accompanied the historically vulnerable population in Guatemala. The Asociación promotes community organization, food sovereignty, solidarity economy, defense of the body-land territory, and the defense of the rights of women. The health crisis caused by Covid-19 has exacerbated historical problems in the country, as the barriers to access to formal education. Therefore the CEIBA association seeks to support a group of 17 girls and adolescents to guarantee their continuity in the school cycle, through financial support for tuition, food purchases, and attention to basic hygiene needs. With this, they seek to strengthen their self-esteem and their perspective of life in the future.

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Colectiva Trans-Parencias

Colectiva Trans-Parencias is the first trans feminist collective in Costa Rica. Its mission is to fight for the vindication of the rights of sex work and trans identities, and eradicate all forms of discrimination against sex workers (cis / trans), with an educational and impactful approach. Sex workers have been severely affected by the current economic and health crisis. The Colectiva seeks to support these people by providing non-perishable food, condoms, blankets, clothing, personal care products, and reusable masks. The Colectiva Trans-Parencias also intends to promote an awareness campaign and deliver informative material on the rights of sex workers.

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Coletivo de Mulheres do Xingu

The Coletivo de Mulheres do Xingu works in the middle of the Xingu region in the defense and promotion of the rights of girls and women and environmental guidelines. It aims at gender equality and the elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against women. The collective seeks to strengthen the struggle for the territoriality of women from Transamazônica and Xingu with an emphasis on the specificities of Amazon women (urban, black, riverside, fishermen, farmers, quilombolas, and indigenous people) who work in a network with women from Panamazonia and Latin America.

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Corónate Princesa

Corónate Princesa in Puerto Rico was founded in 2017 with the aim of empowering girls and young women on issues of gender equality, violence and discrimination. The group aims to raise awareness among young people of the power they have to change the patriarchal culture that affects them. Corónate Princesa aims to develop young women’s leadership and emotional health through educational campaigns and materials against all types of violence. The group is also working on a bill against gender violence in Puerto Rico and on the drafting of the Charter of the Rights of the Puerto Rican Girl.

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Diversidades, Redes de Apoyo para Mujeres y Opciones Neutrogenéricas de Acompañamiento A.C. (Di RAMONA A.C.)

 

Di RAMONA A.C. is a group of young, lesbian, and bisexual feminist psychologists who seek to generate more resilient, autonomous, and sororous communities, through knowledge and full exercise and without prejudice to sexuality. Di RAMONA disseminates information about sexual and reproductive rights from a self-care perspective, focused mainly on young people. We work from 4 main activities: 1) access to safe abortion; 2) prevention of child sexual abuse; 3) visibility of sexual disorders (lesbian and bisexual women), and 4) fight against the stigma of HIV / AIDS. Since the beginning of the pandemic, cases of follow-up on abortion with drugs have tripled, surpassing their capacity, and impacting the physical and emotional health of those accompanying them. Di RAMONA seeks to maintain and increase these accompaniments with sufficient medicine and a decent, safe, comfortable, and loving space for companions and people in an abortion situation.

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Faldas-r

Faldas-R was born in Caracas (Venezuela) in 2011 with the aim of creating a positive and concrete impact on women and girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Venezuela. They run the Safe Abortion Information Hotline, through which they provide safe and free information about the voluntary termination of pregnancy using medication. They also provide face-to-face accompaniment to women who want a self-managed abortion. They also design and implement SRHR educational strategies for women in both urban and rural areas, as well as virtual strategies amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fundación Mujeres Emprendedoras de Regidor

Fundación Mujeres Emprendedoras de Regidor is an organization that promotes justice and social equality for girls and women in the municipality of Regidor, through employment and the generation of income for mothers. The current Covid-19 pandemic has aggravated the unemployment situation of the members of the group, affecting their quality of life. The Fundación Emprendedoras de Regidor seeks to improve the quality of life of the families that make up the foundation, recovering the bakery business, buying the necessary raw materials and equipment.

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HERStoire Collective

The HERStoire Collective is a lead organisation in Saint Lucia that advances sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and dismantles gendered powered SRH disparities in women and vulnerable groups on the island. The Collective is run solely by young female-identified feminists and uses uses its platform to amplify the voices of marginalised women, deliver information, empowerment, research, advocacy, and collaboratively build the feminist movement at the community, local, regional and international levels. The main goal and purpose of the initiative is to address the unmet SRHR needs of marginalized women, girls and non-binary individuals being left behind by the effects of COVID-19, and disruptions in safe water supplies.

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Líricas del Caos - Colectiva de Rap Feminista

 

Líricas del Caos is a Feminist Rap Collective that bets on safe spaces for women, LBTQ people, and/or racialized people from an intersectional perspective, generating spaces for liberation, resistance, and healing. In response to the pandemic, Líricas del Caos seeks to hold a Feminist Rap contest on “Líricas for hope in times of pandemic” to contribute to hope, memory, and feminist organization. The Collective is committed to making visible gender-based violence, phobic and racist LBT violence, and to spread a message of hope and dignity to girls and young women.

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Las Comadres, Red Feminista de Acompañamiento en Aborto Seguro

 

Las Comadres is a feminist network of accompaniment in safe abortion in Ecuador, which seeks to accompany women, girls, and people with the capacity to abort to provide them with information and support on safe abortion with medications. As part of their work, Las Comadres have been able to verify how confinement and the crisis have intensified gender violence, with the cases of sexual violence against girls and adolescents alarming. In this context, Las Comadres seeks to reduce the gaps in access to safe abortions for girls and women affected by the economic and health crisis, particularly indigenous women, black women, migrants, survivors of violence, etc.

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Red Juvenil de AMUGEN -REDJUAMUGEN-

Red Juvenil de Asociación de Mujeres Gente Nueva - REDJUAMUGEN - is a network led by young women of binary and non-binary gender that acts for the sexual and reproductive rights of women who live and/or coexist with HIV and youth in rural and urban areas of 9 Latin American countries (Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru), to reduce stigma and discrimination against HIV and sexual and reproductive health in the young population.

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Tapachula Migrant Solidarity

Tapachula Migrant Solidarity is a group of grassroots autonomous organisers in the USA who work closely with migrants who are forced to reside along the Mexico-Guatemala border. They work in solidarity with migrant-led political action and engage in mutual aid that helps elevate the most urgent survival needs of asylum seekers. Tapachula Migrant Solidarity organises with migrants from Central America, the Caribbean and African who are queer and trans, HIV positive, sex workers, sexual assault survivors and those who are engaging in political resistance against the government on behalf of their own survival.

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Womxn of Wonder (WOW)

Womxn of Wonder (WOW) in the USA welcomes female-identifying scholars and their accomplices from around the world to engage with pressing theories driving women's rights and activist leadership. Enabling attendees with tools they need to translate critical knowledge and feeling into practice, “Lifeshops” address and inspire projects to fight gender-based and intersectional injustice. Recognizing that the deep complexities of intersectional oppression need to be better understood to be undone, high school senior Annelise established WOW with generous support from Youth Activism Project, Girls Learn International, and Purposeful to mobilize an extending sisterhood among youth justice enthusiasts who will be the future of sustainability.

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Nègès Kreyòl

 

Nègès Kreyòl is an organization that works with rural Haitian girls and young women. The group was formed to fight against all forms of discrimination, social inequalities, sexual exploitation. Nègès Kreyòl has supported around 5,000 girls and young women in rural areas of the North and North-East of Haiti. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, they aim at providing girls and young women with the necessary information on their sexual and reproductive health. They believe in the urgency of this work as the cases of unwanted and early pregnancy, cases of rape, sexual exploitation and STIs are increasing day by day in their communities.

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Colectivo Dignidad Trans

The Colectiva Dignidad Trans was created on December 26, 2019, in the municipality of Arauca. The Collective defends, promotes, and makes visible the human rights of people with trans life experience for political advocacy and socio-cultural transformations in the Department of Arauca. It is formed by 30 trans people, of which twenty (20) are transmigrants, that is, nineteen (19) Trans women and one (1) Trans Man, and 10 Colombian trans-as (Eight (8) Trans women and two (2) ) Trans men). In the group, we have one (1) Trans person with a disability.

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Asociación de Mujeres Ixchel por la Transformación Social y Cultural

Asociación de Mujeres Ixchel por la Transformación Social y Cultural is an organisation of young women from El Salvador that works with young people from rural areas and slums and lesbian women through soccer. They provide self-care and feminist education, and accompaniment to victims of violence. They use digital means of communication where they focus on transforming the collective imagination through feminist journalism to advance sexual diversity and a more just and inclusive society for women.

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Colectivo de Mujeres Defensoras de la Vida y el Territorio

Colectivo de Mujeres Defensoras de la Vida y el Territorio is a group of indigenous young women from the town of Pathuitz in the municipality of Chilón in Chiapas, Mexico. The group is mostly made up of young women under the age of 19 with disabilities who formed to fight and defend their rights as indigenous women and girls. As a group they seek to eliminate gender violence, discrimination and racism that they are experiencing as indigenous women and especially those with disabilities. The group seeks to accompany indigenous people who have been victims of some type of violence, to ensure their voices are heard and valued.

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Organización de Mujeres Jóvenes y niñas con discapacidad “La Esperanza”

 

We are a group of young women, where most of us have disabilities, it is also made up of lesbian and trans women, young people of non-conforming gender, who have suffered discrimination, exclusion from the family in many cases to society that bulls and excludes. We have worked to reform law 202 and that the Municipality include us, as well as respect for the community, we have participated in radio and television programs.

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MOVIMIENTO TRANS FEMINISTA DE TARIJA

 

Mujeres con Capacidad de Soñar a Colores is a collective of women with disabilities and allies based in rural Guatemala who decided to occupy spaces in society and promote their rights. The group aims to create space for alliances and peer-support between women with disabilities and allies, bring visibility and responses to violence and injustices faced by women with disabilities, and increase the participation of women with disabilities in organisational and decision-making spaces. The group works through theater and other artistic expressions to raise awareness about their experiences and also create community among themselves as women with disabilities.

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Mujeres con Capacidad de Soñar a Colores

Mujeres con Capacidad de Soñar a Colores is a collective of women with disabilities and allies based in rural Guatemala who decided to occupy spaces in society and promote their rights. The group aims to create space for alliances and peer-support between women with disabilities and allies, bring visibility and responses to violence and injustices faced by women with disabilities, and increase the participation of women with disabilities in organisational and decision-making spaces. The group works through theater and other artistic expressions to raise awareness about their experiences and also create community among themselves as women with disabilities.

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Coletivo Jardim Resistêcia

The Jardim Resistência Collective, initially organized by Débora Aguiar and Amanda Timóteo, emerged as a collective of marginal poetry that held soirées around the peripheries of Jaboatão dos Guararapes-SP. In 2017 the group started a process of building demands on guidelines related to maternal health and reproductive rights. Currently Jardim Resistência counts on six militants, mainly black and peripheral, working in the entire metropolitan Pernambuco. The collective works in more than 26 peripheral communities, with black and peripheral social movements and institutions, building and enabling strategic communication actions in the favela, in order to support families headed by black women-mothers, providing basic food aid and hygiene items for families that are in greater social vulnerability.

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Clube da Luta Feminina

Articulating, strengthening and engaging networks in which women are protagonists of their stories, and their voices echoed, no longer silenced, is the main agenda of Luta Feminina Club. From all areas of the city, different segments, spaces and places, WOMEN put themselves at the debate’s forefront for the construction of an equal society, where WOMEN can strengthen their trajectories and carry further the real role of aggregating possibilities, engaging with urban or countryside women in a unique feeling of structural liberation, after all: “OUR STRENGTH IT’S OUR UNION”.

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Coletivo de Juventude do Mato Grosso do Sul

 

Young Women, we don’t get anywhere competing. Every time a partner places herself as part of others, we embrace to give a strength that, perhaps, we individually don’t have. These are bonds of sorority. We seek to understand about children, recipes, dreams, jobs, debts, family, bruises, loves, pains, existence. We are walking the path of resistance. Better walk together, right? Not only the pain unites us, but also laughter, risk, and party. If competition is one of the bases of capitalism, cooperation can be the basis for overcoming it. We start from what makes us and identifies us, we bleed and give birth every day seeking freedom to become builders of new ties, drawers of new paths, and to be free from all oppression. We believe that it will be women the commanders of the Revolution. We continue to fight until we are all set free.

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Incubadrilds

Incubadrilds is a self-organized and self-managed space that proposes combative actions, artistic and cultural interventions in favor of public policies for Amazon most vulnerable populations (poor, women, blacks, quilombolas, riverine people, native people, peasants and LGBTQIA+). We are people of different age groups who seek to decriminalize and de-marginalize our bodies, as well as our communities (mentioned above) through the exchange of knowledge, culturalities, their practices and their ways, contributing to the humanization of human relations within the Amazon.

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Coletivo Marias - Fórum Estadual de Juventude Negra do ES

The mission of Fejunes is to bring together the Black Youth of Espírito Santo state in an autonomous, afrocentric, quilombola, militant, protagonist, democratic, combative and resistance perspective, in the anti-racist struggle against any form of oppression and for the emancipation of black people.

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La Frida Bike

La Frida Bike is a movement of black cycle activists whose objective is to include and strengthen mobility in the transportation plans of black and peripheral women. One of the most successful projects: "Preta, Vem de Bike", teaches black women to cycle, and has already attended 600 women throughout Brazil.

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Coletivo NEGA

 

NEGA - Negras Experimentações Art Group is the first black theater group in Santa Catarina-Brazil, rescuing black culture through art. Created 10 years ago as a university extension project inspired by Teatro Experimental do Negro (TEN) - founded by Abdias do Nascimento - the collective seeks to make up for the lack of representation of black brazilian population in theater. Its existence, however, goes beyond the academic theatrical scope and expands in the construction of arts made by black people in this state. For this construction, the members of the Collective - formed by cis women, LGBTQI + and a non-binary person - are trained to develop an intimate dialogue with society about the brazilian political context. Expanding university boundaries, NEGA has been carrying out training, extension and arts projects for 4 years, in black, peripheral communities and with women imprisoned through project @mulheres.negras.resistem.

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Red Trans de Bolivia - TREBOL

 

Trans Bolivian Network (TREBOL) is a community-based organization with more than 250 affiliates from all over Bolivia. We have been and continue to work, even in times of COVID-19, for access to housing, food and health for trans people, including the most vulnerable of them, young women. We have created a resilience and support system that has helped more than 300 bolivian trans women, and we are preparing for a second wave. Your support means continuing to expand our work and for our comrades it is what can save their lives.

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Movimiento Feminista de Niñas y mujeres wayuu-MFNMW

We are a non-profit organization whose main objective is to safeguard, attend and defend the collective and individual human rights of Wayuu girls, boys, teenagers and women. Among the daily tasks that each of them develop from their processes of activism and community feminism are economic empowerment work for the sustainability of these girls, for the strengthening of their community processes and economic empowerment, spinning their futures from the Ancestral wisdom for the importance of weaving as a traditional method of Wayuu culture, taking into account the practice of resilience in Wayuu women. We wish to create economic development capacities in each of the beneficiaries in order to continue weaving the paths of self-sustainability in their lives so they can advance positively in their daily and organizational tasks from different communities and traditional ranches.

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Colectiva Casiopea

Colectiva Casiopea is a team of women from the Honduran Atlantic coast organised with the purpose of politically, economically and culturally transforming the reality of girls, adolescents and women in the region. The group promotes values ​​and principles oriented towards the deconstruction of patriarchy, colonialism and imperialism, seeking the full emancipation of women in the economic, political, socio-cultural and sexual spheres as a primary goal. The group works through academic, advocacy, festive, productive and socio-cultural activities in public, educational, sports and health spaces.

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Yip Yatel

Our group was formed because of the injustices that we experienced as adolescents, our mothers saw how they suffered physical and psychological violence and also discrimination within our own community, the blows that mother received also as girls, except for of the children, he did not say anything to them. We have seen how our sisters forced them to marry whom they did not want. Also the cultural blows we have received because talking about our sexuality is a sin according to. For this reason and more, we founded this organization to free ourselves, to live as subjects and not as objects.

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Barbados Association of Muslim Ladies

 

The Barbados Association of Muslim Ladies (BAML) is a community-based non-profit organisation that promotes the socio-economic and educational development of Muslim women and girls in Barbados. Founded in 2010, BAML is the first and only organisation on the island that responds to the holistic needs and is the voice of Muslim women and girls. Through several programmes and initiatives the group addresses issues of inclusion, gender based violence, access to education and professional development among others.

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The Lumiere Review

Founded in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, we are a youth led literary magazine that shines the light on all voices, regardless of age or background. We accept poetry, prose, and art submissions and compile them into semi annual issues

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The Saint Kitts and Nevis Alliance For Equality

The Saint Kitts and Nevis Alliance For Equality is dedicated to working with and for the LGBT community by providing a safe space through advocacy, self-empowerment, promotion of human rights and training services. The organisation plays a pivotal role in contacting and serving the LGBTQ population in the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, as no other organisations have offered such amenity to this population. The goal of the group is to seek to increase the awareness of the LGBTQ community within the federation, provide a forum for the LGBTQ community to advocate or their human rights and to educate themselves on relevant issues relating to sex and sexuality.