At the IAF, we support community-based organizations that value and emphasize the link between sustainable development and gender equality. In many IAF partner countries, women play an essential role in households, but their priorities are often neglected. Together with our partners in Nicaragua, we are addressing several issues that have affected women and their communities.
The Asociación para el Desarrollo Integral de la Mujer in Nicaragua (APADIEM) is recognized nationally as an advocate for women’s rights and equal treatment. It is working with 450 women in 21 communities in the municipality of El Viejo in the Chinandega department to build job skills, to provide seed money for businesses and to gain economic independence.
APADIEM's activities also seek to reduce domestic violence, confront discrimination and make it easier for women to become landowners. APADIEM member Ana Celia Tercero said greater independence leads to stronger families and communities. "For women to be genuinely autonomous, they need to be able to make decisions," she said. "They need to own their homes, their productive land."