To mobilize financial and technical resources in support of women’s initiatives which aim to advance gender equality as the path for social change.
We believe that when resources get where you least expect it, and when initiatives and ideas of the most invisible women are supported, an infinite horizon of changes is widely opened.
Fondo de Mujeres del Sur was established in 2007 in Cordoba, Argentina, and is currently working in 3 countries: Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.Since it was founded in 2007, FMS has mobilized more than 2.1 Millon USD to the region, delivering more than 390 grants to 80 women organizations (by May 2015).
• Economic, Social, and Labor Rights
• Environmental and Cultural Rights
• Sexual and Reproductive Rights
• Women’s Political Participation
• Sexual Diversity
• Gender Violence
Support programs: FMS mobilize resources from international and local donors to fund local initiatives and women’s grassroots organizations in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, working to promote women’s rights. Through this program, the money goes to women’s groups whose social, cultural and geographical conditions are the most difficult and the grants are used to carry out their projects and ideas. FMS provides technical support to groups requesting it and over sees the challenges and opportunities they face, according to their own vision and work strategies.
Capacity building: To promote and strengthen women’s leadership with in their local initiatives, FMS organizes meetings and training and uses institutional management not only to build the capacities of different groups but also to facilitate the opportunity for women to exchange experiences with other women and get in contact with other sources of technical and financial resources.
Organizational support: FMS provides technical, legal and fiscal counseling to the women’s groups that require it in order to build their capacities, and support them in achieving their projects.
Communication: Through communication strategies such as the FMS newsletter and participating in different social networks, FMS promotes its partners’ projects, strategies and shares their work experience, taking into account the different local contexts, and political discussions among feminist organizations in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Working Context in ArgentinaIn Latin America one third of women living in urban areas and 44% of those living in rural areas do not have an income of their own. Among those women who do receive a salary, those with less education earn 68% of the salary of their male peers; and women holding higher education degrees earn only 69% of the salary of their male peers.
Despite the high Human Development Indicators of the last decades, Latin America is still the most unequal region in the world, and most of the poor are women. Experts talks about a growing feminization of poverty. Beside, “the region remains trapped by the highest and most biased salary inequity in the world”. In Paraguay, 12% of young women between 15 and 19 years are already mothers.
According to the information disclosed by the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA), in Paraguay, during 2012 there were 33 registered cases of femicide and approximately 1300 new cases of gender-based violence where assisted according to the Presidential Secretariat for Women of the Republic. In Uruguay there are 68 gender-based violence complaints per day. During 2013, in Uruguay, were registered out of 27 femicide according to The “Uruguaya Network against domestic and sexual Violence”. During 2013 Argentina registered its highest rate of women killed by gender-based acts. According to the statistics at least 295 women were victim of violent death during that year, most of them were stabbed, killed by firearms, beaten or burned to death. In that same country gender-based violence complaints increased almost 60 per cent since 2010, according to the last report of the Office of Domestic Violence of the Supreme Court of Justice of Argentina, created in 2004.
Currently, in Argentina, where there is a gender quota law in the Federal Congress, and a woman as president of the republic, the women only make up 6% of the municipal government, the same as in Paraguay where such a law does not exist. In Uruguay this percentage stands even lower, at only 3%.
Interesting facts about FMS
Fondo de Mujeres del Sur is the only women’s fund working in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. To date, through the Building Networks and Partnerships Program, FMS has supported women’s groups located in the Argentine provinces of Tucuman, Jujuy, Salta, Chaco, Formosa, Catamarca, San Juan, La Rioja, Santiago del Estero, Cordoba, Neuquén, Río Negro, Buenos Aires, and Santa Fe, as well as in Montevideo and Rocha (Uruguay) and in Asunción, Itapúa, President Hayes and Boquerón and (Paraguay).
FMS supports women’s actions in a wide range of sectors, from film making, economics studies, and media development to conciseness arise by local meeting and sexual and reproductive campaings; its partner groups include indigenous women, peasant women, travestis, women living with HIV and young women fighting for their rights.
FMS is part of CONMUJERES, a Latin American Consortium of Women’s Funds integrated by: ELAS (Brazil), ALQUIMIA (Chile), Aptaphi Yapueti (Bolivia) Urgent Action Fund (Latin América), Lunarias (Colomba), and FMS. CONMUJERES supports regional strategies to leverage more resource to promote women’s rights, and are allied to SEMILLAS (Mexico), FCAM (Central America: Nicaragua, Belice, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala).By working jointly with other funds FMS was able, among other things, to carry out tree big programmes, Young Women Citizenship and humans rights, Sexual Diversity and Building a Labor Rights Agenda for Women (where FMS does articulation work with unions, organizations and networks of domestic and Needlework female workersfrom South-Cone and Central America), and Environmental Defenders for the Chaco Américano.
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