Every year, thousands of girls migrate from Central America fleeing violence and poverty. Fondo Semillas is a Mexican feminist fund that mobilizes resources to support, strengthen and connect women's organizations and grassroots groups. We currently support 13 organizations who work with migrant girls, but with ever-increasing numbers of people fleeing, the needs continue to grow. With your support we can continue to fund more groups carrying out vital work across the country.
Although the reasons girls and women decide to migrate vary, women typically migrate fleeing from violence. Some statistics are that: more than 33 thousand migrant girls and boys were arrested in Mexico in the first half of 2019, 130% more than in 2018; 1 of 4 travel without the company of an adult; 6 out of 10 girls and women are sexually abused on their journey through Mexico and thousands are kidnapped by criminal and trafficking networks or disappear on their way to the U. S.
To respond to the problems faced by # GirlsWhoMigrate, Fondo Semillas has launched the Protect their Journey fundraising campaign. The funds raised will go to women's grassroots groups and organizations who provide services, shelter and legal support to defend the rights of migrant girls and women in Mexico.
Fondo Semillas strongly believes that the leadership of grassroots women and girls is essential to achieve lasting social change, as they are the experts on the needs and priorities in their communities. Funds provided through Fondo Semillas not only meet the immediate needs of women and girls, but also work to strengthen women's organizations, challenge gender inequality, and ensure long-term well-being for entire communities.