Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence

by Fondo de Mujeres del Sur
Play Video
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence
Support Women Building Lives Free from Violence

From the bottom of our hearts, the entire FMS team would like to thank you for all your support this year. 2022 was an important year for us as we celebrated our organization’s 15th anniversary, and having you by our side made it even more special!

Your donations allow FMS to strengthen feminisms through the mobilization of resources to support the protagonists of social change. An important aspect of our work is establishing networks that unite activists and organizations to oppose the fragmentation and fragility produced by patriarchy and its intersections. Gatherings are essential to developing these networks as they promote dialogue and intersectionality, reinforcing feminisms.

To this end, FMS organized an event in August aiming to build and exchange collective and individual strategies revolving around care and its role in the sustainability of activism. It brought together over 150 activists from all over the country with some of the FMS Board of Directors and Executive team. Representing organizations supported by 7 different FMS programs, these activists not only lived in very different contexts but also worked on very diverse issues.

They shared their strategies, tools, challenges, and experiences through workshops and discussions, focusing on advocacy, communication, and providing support. This experience allowed them to reinforce the care network that strengthens a collective, loving feminist power.

Your donations play a key role in the planning of such events. Continue supporting us by donating and sharing our work!

Thank you again for an amazing year.

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

This year is important for Fondo de Mujeres del Sur: this October FMS celebrates its 15th anniversary. This represents 15 years of mobilizing resources to support groups and organizations and to strengthen feminist and diversity movements.

In honor of this event, we organized festivities in Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay, bringing together volunteers and activists from the organizations we support. We celebrated our efforts toward building the world we want to live in by reinforcing feminism with joy and enthusiasm.

We are delighted with the results achieved in this decade and a half of work, and I would like to share some of these successes with you:

  • In 15 years, we have supported 406 organizations of women and diverse identities and sexualities in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and more than 20 other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Our efforts have allowed more than 10,000 activists to reach almost one million indirect beneficiaries.
  • FMS grants aim to economically and politically empower grantees and movements and are based on the principles of autonomy, flexibility, and sustainability. The grantees themselves, the diverse women, identities, and sexualities that make up and lead each organization, manage the money according to their own priorities and strategic interests.

With small monthly donations, you can continue to support the progress toward gender equality. Donate now and strengthen the networks that keep us Together, Stronger, and Alive!

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

What was it like to be a lesbian in the 70s? In the 80s? These questions are hard to answer due to the few records available on the history of lesbian identities before the Equal Marriage Law was passed in Argentina in 2010. That is why the organization Alerta Torta was established.

Alerta Torta was created on June 28th, 2019, after Marian, a woman arrested in 2017 for kissing her girlfriend, was sentenced to a year in prison. The organization brings together lesbian, human rights, diversity, and political party activists, all with different backgrounds and experiences. Together, they strive to give a voice to lesbian and lesbian identities by providing them with spaces free of prejudice and violence, thus widening their political participation.

During the pandemic, Alerta Torta developed the Cuarentorta* project to address situations of violence that worsened with the health crisis. Fondo de Mujeres del Sur supported this initiative by putting the organization in contact with mental health activists and professionals. This allowed Alerta Torta to carry on its activities and strengthen its network.

In February 2022, the organization hosted a face-to-face meeting that brought together lesbian activists from all over the country. After two days of workshops, celebration, and rest, Aleta Torta realized that giving visibility to dialogues, stories, images, and memories was a shared request, and thus made it its challenge.

“Each story should be told: the stories from the capitals and stories from the towns, those that were told to us directly or those we heard through testimonies; the stories of those who were activists, could get married, march for pride, and those for whom the rainbow came late. It is a political commitment with future generations”, they affirm. That is the challenge.

Today, Alerta Torta strives to develop a plural and federal agenda that concentrates on the particularities of the lives of lesbians and lesbian identities.

Your contribution makes this possible. Donate today!

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

In the 1980s, women from the Yvopey Renda indigenous community in filadelfia (El Chaco province, Paraguay) challenged the status quo, raising their voices and taking on leadership roles.  This collective decision changed the lives of many indigenous women. Venancia was one of these women.

Venancia and other women strove to ensure their voices were heard. They developed their own perspective on problems in their community. One of their achievements was to form the first trade union of indigenous domestic workers. Since 2016, they have been part of the Red De Mujeres Guaraní (Guarani Women’s Network).

During the pandemic, women discovered that besides the isolation, they were also doing more household work than before. They wanted to be in touch with other women in their community so they focused on community radio.

In order to allow women to participate, the network activists learned how to use new technologies. Later, they shared this learning with other women to make room for more voices and perspectives.

Radio is the medium they use to communicate and have an impact in their community and in politics. This has proven key for decision-making and activity planning. Now, inspired by those who preceded them in the 1980s, many more women are engaged in the debates.

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Covid19 and job insecurity
Covid19 and job insecurity

A well-defined and persistent strategy

In Paraguay, domestic workers are the second largest female labour force. According to data from the General Directorate of Statistics, Surveys and Censuses (DGEEC), there are approximately 220,000 women who are engaged in paid domestic work. Despite being one of the most common jobs, the rights of these workers remain unrecognised and discrimination is part of their day-to-day lives. For female domestic workers, being organised was the key that allowed them not only to become empowered but to demand to be seen, heard and respected as full-fledged workers.

Librada (49) and Ludi (44) live in the San Pedro Etapa IV neighbourhood, one of the housing complexes built in the city of Encarnación by Entidad Binacional Yacyreta for families affected by the creation of the Yacyretá Dam. Librada is originally from the city of Hohenau and she comes from a family of twelve siblings, while Ludi was born in Encarnación. As children, both experienced the naturalisation of child labour and criadazgo, customs rooted in Paraguayan society that are still being fought today. At just eight years old, Librada looked after a baby in exchange for milk and cheese, and at sixteen she began to work as a domestic worker. Ludi also worked looking after children when she was thirteen years old herself.

In 2011 they began forming SINTRADI after a training session for domestic workers provided by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Librada’s employer at the time, Isolina, who worked at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research for Development (CIMDE), encouraged her to attend the training session and she invited nine other colleagues. "That was when we discovered that there was a domestic workers’ union in Asunción," recalls Librada. Determined to establish a regional union, Librada summoned more women to a new series of training sessions in conjunction with other organisations, and on January 8, 2012 they officially founded SINTRADI. Ludi was her neighbour and was one of the first to join the new organisation. "I had no idea that I had rights as a domestic worker, nor that we could unionise. Librada invited me to the workshops, to the training sessions, and that's when I found out," explains Ludi. 

During the pandemic, SINTRADI did not receive any institutional, local or national support. Within the framework of projects implemented with organisations such as Fondo de Mujeres del Sur and the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), of which they are founding members, they organised activities and raised money to create food packages to distribute and organise community soup kitchens, one of the most common community solidarity practices during the pandemic and generally promoted by women. "We supported more than two thousand people with the community soup kitchen and we reached more than two hundred families with the food packages," says Librada.

So many things have changed since that meeting in Librada's house when SINTRADI was formed. The then 33 members are now almost 300, but they aim to reach many more in all the districts of the Itapúa department. 

On the other hand, several members decided to start their university studies. Celina and another colleague, Fátima, will graduate with their law degrees next year, and they hope to support the union in their new role. Librada is in her second year of Social Work after finishing high school in 2016. With regards to this, she highlights that "it is important to get training and an education, domestic work is very nice but we don’t have to do it forever, we can move on, look for other things to do; for example, several colleagues have gone back to finish high school."

Read the full report at mujeresdelsur.org or follow the links below. 

 

Dreams and projects
Dreams and projects
Communication with a rights perspective
Communication with a rights perspective

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Fondo de Mujeres del Sur

Location: Cordoba - Argentina
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @fmujeresdelsur
Project Leader:
Rocío Alonso
Cordoba, Cordoba Argentina
$11,255 raised of $50,000 goal
 
172 donations
$38,745 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Fondo de Mujeres del Sur has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.