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Around the world, women and girls are leading innovative, community-based solutions to the poverty, violence, health disparities, and a lack of leadership opportunities they face. While our programming is Minnesota-specific, our mission transcends state and national borders. The movement to achieve gender and racial equity is global, and there is a place and role for our leadership to partner, resource, and champion our sister funds. Fondo Semillas celebrates 30 years in How did the organization get started? Its origins stretch back to the student movement in Mexico City that represented a breakthrough for young Mexican women.
The mobilization of thousands of students raised the need to shape a new way of looking at the world, one where women themselves questioned the inequality they faced in relation to men. Over the next 12 years, the feminist movement continued to gain strength in Mexico. Funding was key.
Without financial support, there was no possibility of sustaining work, activism, and what was necessary to achieve change. At that time in Mexico, there was no institution that met this need. How are you funded? As a nonprofit organization, we rely on donations from individuals, institutions, corporations in Mexico and internationally. And through resource mobilization — amplifying opportunities for greater funding — we promote a peer-to-peer relationship between our grantees and donors.
Through our Body program, we support organizations that help women maintain freedom over their bodies. For example, women who want to be mothers. Reproductive freedom also means that maternity should not be a punishment. Women must have the freedom to decide whether to continue a pregnancy to term and have access to legal, safe termination. As often the primary steward of land and agricultural production, women hold great potential to respond to the effects of climate change and trigger innovative strategies for sustainable community development.
In Mexico, natural resources generate economic, political, cultural, and social value, and women must be able to access this value. Environmental degradation and land exploitation are consequences of the same system that discriminates, oppresses, and exploits women. Through an ecofeminist lens, we support efforts working to change a system that exploits land and territories. Work: Across Mexico, gender-based job segregation often relegates women to domestic labor in the private sector to care for families.
Although more and more women are in the paid labor force, millions of women have little choice but to work in industries where their labor rights are violated, including domestic, maquila factoryagricultural, or sex workers. In these contexts, women constantly face exploitation, violence, and discrimination.
Our goal: a world where women are ensured access to economic opportunity, leadership, and political power, and increasing s of men engage in unpaid tasks and caregiving. Identities: In Mexico, being female is dangerous. It exposes women to discrimination, inequality, and violence.
Among these identities, women play key roles in the health and prosperity of their families and communities. After earthquakes devastated southern Mexico inwe launched Women Rebuilding Their Communities. We awarded grants to 24 collectives in Mexico City 2Guerrero 1Morelos 4Oaxaca 13and Puebla 4 to address the short- and long-term needs of the structural, social, physical, and emotional health and well-being of the community.
Key projects: building of dry latrines and the installation of water filters, ovens, and smokeless stoves; reactivation of the economy of women who make corn chips, bread, and tortillas; training in trades and crafts, like bricklaying and leather sandal-making; and workshops for psychological and emotional support to ease fear and regenerate the social fabric of communities. What are the most pressing issues for women and girls in Mexico? Violence Mexico is experiencing a humanitarian crisis: waves of violence caused largely by organized crime. In this context, femicides have increased.
Every day, nine women are murdered because of misogynistic violence. Abortion Another pressing issue in Mexico is abortion. This issue is living a very important momentum so women can decide on their bodies and be able to access the interruption of pregnancy in the first three months. In Mexico City, this is a right already guaranteed for women.
Outside of Mexico City, however, this is not the case. It in the criminalization and stigmatization of women and girls who try to exercise the right to decide over their own bodies. Sexual Abuse According to research, Mexico has one of the highest rates of child sexual abuse. Correlated are high rates of pregnancy in girls and teenagers due to rape. In these cases, lack of education, opportunities, and safe homes make girls and teenagers very vulnerable to abuse. Migration The flux of migrant women and girls in transit through Mexico to cross the U. Many unable to cross the border are exposed to violence, as the Mexican government does not have the capacity to respond efficiently to this humanitarian crisis.
In addition, organized crime has targeted vulnerable migrant women and girls into human trafficking. There are many cases of Honduran girls who arrive pregnant to Mexico or become pregnant because they are raped in the transit, and, despite being minors, are separated from their families. How are you making a difference? Rather than providing short-term cures for the conditions of injustice and inequality that women endure, Fondo Semillas works to modify these conditions through deep-rooted structural change. Women identify their needs, organize themselves, and propose solutions.
Fondo Semillas provides support with financial resources, capacity building and training, connecting grantees to other donors, and opening doors to new strategic opportunities. We seek to strengthen the feminist movement because we know that change is structural. And we know that social change and gender equality happen in four ways: 1. Increasing knowledge of human rights among women and the organizations we work with; 2.
Fostering cultural change and the elimination of prejudices; and 4. Improving legal and public policy frameworks. This is the vision we offer to the organizations we support and what drives our capacity-building and grantmaking. What are your greatest challenges and opportunities?
Fondo Semillas currently supports only organizations located in Mexico. However, the conflicts and problems must be addressed regionally in order to provide comprehensive solutions. One of our challenges is to find a way to partner with organizations from Central America and the United States to have a larger impact on issues, such as migratory transit.
Where there is challenge, there is also an opportunity to build a movement and not only focus on and fund isolated projects. The challenge and the opportunity are to integrate the issues and the regions. Why do partnerships like these matter? When we partner, we can build movements and have greater impact toward common goals. What are your greatest hopes for women and girls? That human rights are guaranteed for every woman and girl in Mexico. We dream of a country where all women, indigenous, mestiza, black, young, migrant, lesbian, mothers, and students can make their own decisions and have access to health services, a decent job, justice, and happiness.
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