Dubai Cares, part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, in partnership with the Global Fund for Children, has announced the launch of a four-year, $2 million initiative to promote gender equality in Central America.
The initiative, Empowering Adolescent Girls, will focus on building the capacity of eighteen girl-led and girl-serving organizations in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua and support activities centered on promoting gender equality and advancing the rights of girls in the areas of education, youth empowerment, equitable access to employment opportunities, and freedom from violence and exploitation. The program is expected to benefit approximately twenty thousand girls in the three countries.
To that end, the initiative will identify local partners who have already made a strong commitment to a gender strategy that elevates the voice and opportunities of adolescent girls by strengthening the local capacity of grassroots partners to act as vehicles of social change and engage with young men and boys as partners in promoting gender-equitable attitudes and behavior.
"Many adolescent girls in rural parts of Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua face severe challenges stemming from gender inequality and discrimination, including a lack of access to quality education, poor access to health services and information, and insufficient protection from violence," said Dubai Cares program director Annina Mattsson. "Unfortunately, this gender gap continues to impede future development. Through this Dubai Cares-funded program in partnership with the Global Fund for Children, we hope to eliminate the barriers that inhibit young girls from exercising their human rights and realizing their true potential and to subsequently shape a positive future for their families and communities."