Meet Our Grantee Partners
Intersect is an organization founded in 2015, which focuses on transformative digital feminist activism. The organization uses digital/cyber feminist activism as a means of subverting unequal power relations, engaging Antiguans and Barbudans and people across the Caribbean region on a range of gender-related topics—mainly related to gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights—that are attentive to race, class, colour, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, gender and the environment, mental health, gender-based violence, and others.
The Caribbean Institute of Women in Leadership (CIWIL) is a non-political, multi-partisan, and independent organization founded in 2005 to monitor, strengthen, and increase women’s political participation and leadership in the Caribbean. The organization aims to increase the number of women in politics, leadership, and decision making at all levels in the Caribbean through high-quality training, networking, research, analysis, and advocacy. CIWIL acts as a coordinating and implementing mechanism for a regional programme of work developed and delivered by a network of organizations and individuals to advance women’s transformational leadership.
Integrated Health Outreach (IHO) is an organization which works at the intersection of gender, climate change, and health. The organization was founded in 2013 to meet the neglected needs of women, girls, and other vulnerable populations. IHO delivers programs to build eco-sustainability and advance health management as measures to bolster the resiliency of vulnerable groups. The organization is committed to addressing the challenges faced by small island developing states, including climate change and natural disasters, in relation to how these issues exacerbate economic, social, and gender inequalities.
The Toledo Maya Women’s Council (TMWC) is one of the first organizations established in Belize to create a safe space for indigenous women and girls and enable their participation, representation, and leadership in public policy and decision making spaces—mostly at the community level. Founded in 1998, the organization’s mission is to break harmful norms, advocate and educate on rights, while respecting the identity of women and girls, giving them a voice and providing them with networks through community outreach.
Productive Organization for Women in Action (POWA) is an organization based in southern Belize that advocates for the rights of women and girls to live lives free from violence, exploitation, and abuse. In 2003, POWA was formed out of a project to support the empowerment of women in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as other cross-cutting issues that included gender-based violence. In 2011, it established a youth arm called Girl POWA to support adolescent girls who have experienced gender-based violence. Its members are certified peer counsellors and provide outreach to communities to raise awareness on human rights, SRHR, GBV, HIV/AIDS, and the gender inequalities affecting women and girls.
The Dominica Planned Parenthood Association (DPPA) is an affiliate of the Caribbean Family Planning Association, and by extension, a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. DPPA was founded in 1976 to address maternal and child health and it has since expanded in its role as an advocate and provider of sexual and reproductive health services and education. The organization aims to improve the health and quality of life of the population through sexual and reproductive health rights education and enabling access to appropriate medical and counselling services.
Sweet Water Foundation: Research and Treatment Institute is the only organization in the Caribbean which is focused upon research and treatment planning for women, girls, trans people, and other marginalized groups who have suffered from sexual violence from the time of early childhood. Founded in 2008, the organization conducts research, publishes findings, designs and implements trainings (thus building individual, community and institutional capacity), and provides specific psychotherapeutic care for both victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse.
Red Thread is a multi-racial independent organization, not affiliated to any political party, that has a strong and uncompromising voice in Guyana. Founded in 1986, it aims to organize with women, beginning at the grassroots, crossing race and other divides, enabling them to transform their living conditions—mainly around three areas of work:
1) work against violence, including domestic and sexual violence against women and children, corporal punishment of children, and racial violence;
2) work for a living income and affordable access to goods and services; and
3) work to strengthen the political visibility, voice, and influence of grassroots women.
The Makushi Research Unit (MRU) is an independent collective founded in 1995, that is self-led by indigenous women and which conducts social, economic, and ecological research within North Rupununi, Guyana. The organization is part of the North Rupununi District Development Board, which is a representative umbrella organization of 20 indigenous villages and communities in North Rupununi. MRU plays an important role in understanding and promoting local knowledge systems and cultural affirmation and indigenous leadership.
Wapichan Women’s Movement (WWC) is the women's arm of the South Rupununi District Council—a representative indigenous organization in South Rupununi, Guyana. WWC was founded in 2017 and it is led by a working group consisting of 10 Wapichan and Macushi women of various ages and experiences—from across the Wapichan Wi’izi community—who have been involved in community organizing, capacity-building, and livelihoods projects. WWC represents the interests of women and its mandate is to bolster the role that indigenous women play in protecting the land and natural resources, retaining cultural identity and addressing the social issues affecting indigenous women’s rights.
EVE for Life is an organization founded in 2008 that provides support to adolescent girls and young women who are survivors of physical and sexual abuse; and to women and children living with or affected by HIV and AIDS. The organization’s work is grounded on extensive research which informs their advocacy and service delivery to address the needs of their beneficiaries. Their mission is to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights and quality of life of young women and girls exposed to HIV and sexual and gender-based violence.
Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) is an organization founded in 1983, grounded in human rights, that promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. WROC provides outreach programmes—with focus on health and wellness, sustainable livelihoods, community capacity-building, and advocacy. Its strategic plan focuses on organizational strengthening and sustainability; resource mobilization and enterprise development; community capacity-building and transformation; environment management, sustainable livelihoods and climate change mitigation; and research, advocacy, and communications.
The Jamaica SW Coalition (JSWC) is a member-based, sex worker-led organization, inclusive of all genders, whose work is centred around the recognition of sex workers’ human and workers rights in Jamaica. Founded in 2008, the organization advocates for the recognition of fundamental human and workers rights of sex workers in Jamaica, whilst empowering sex workers through the creation and sustaining an enabling environment.
Helen's Daughters is an organization founded in 2016 to promote the economic development of rural women through adaptive agricultural techniques, capacity-building, and improved market access. More specifically, the organization aims to expand opportunities for rural women who work in agriculture; promote financial and digital inclusion for rural women in aspects of agricultural outputs; foster female entrepreneurship and enhance the productivity of women-owned enterprises; enhance the voices of rural women in decision making related to agricultural policy and beyond; eliminate legal barriers to female economic empowerment; and reduce gender pay gaps in the agricultural sector.
Girls of a Feather is an organization founded in 2014 to provide educational opportunities and mentorship to adolescent girls between the ages of 10 and 18 in Saint Lucia. It was established in response to a recognition of the lack of opportunities for young girls to receive mentorship from older female professionals and an interest in raising awareness and advocating for the rights of adolescent girls. The organization focuses on five main pillars—which include education, leadership, relationship building, self-esteem, and health. Their focus is to tackle social issues such as gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health.
Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia is an organization founded in 2012 to advocate for women, children, and other vulnerable populations who have experienced gender-based violence. The organization assists individuals and families by providing counselling, accompaniment to access medical and social services, and legal support. They deliver community education and developed public service announcements to raise awareness on gender-based violence. Additionally, Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia has a longstanding partnership with AmeriCares, which has enabled them to provide medicine and medical supplies to public hospitals.
The Suriname Coalition of Sex Workers (SUCOS) is the only sex worker-led organization established in Suriname. Founded in 2018, the organization’s work is centered around the recognition and safeguard of sex workers’ human rights; the decriminalization of sex work; the creation of safe working conditions for sex workers; and the equal treatment of sex workers by the society, particularly in the health sector and within the law system.
Stichting Projekta is an organization founded in 1993, whose mandate is focused on increasing the participation of women in development processes and in decision making. The organization addresses social issues, including the unequal distribution of power, unequal participation of women in politics, domestic violence, poor sexual and reproductive health care, poverty in female-headed households, and the lack of access to information and engagement by grassroots women’s organizations. It provides rights-based programs aimed at amplifying women’s voices in policy making and creating spaces for dialogue. A significant component of Stichting Projekta’s work focuses on advocacy on women’s rights and strengthening the capacity of local grassroots women’s organizations.