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2019 Annual Report

Here are our greatest achievements in 2019

45,052

women were strengthened

We had a positive impact on the lives of

180,208

people

We funded 141 organizations working for gender equality in 31 states of Mexico.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

income

3,681,802 dollars

Institutional Donors

91%

Corporate Donors

6%

Individual Donor Community

3%

expenses

3,411,089 dollars

Grantee Partner Support

56%

Program-Related Expenses

28%

Institutional Development

12%

Administrative Expenses

4%

*Outstanding balance: 270,713 dollars. Income minus expenses equals the restricted funds budgeted for 2020.

LA MAREA VERDE AND THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF ABORTION IN OAXACA

Using a green bandana as a symbol, La Marea Verde (The Green Tide) is a feminist movement that fights for women’s freedom and abortion rights in Latin America. Its main demand is the provision of access to legal, safe, and free abortion for all women.

Did you know that almost everywhere in Mexico abortion continues to be a crime and women are criminalized even when they miscarry? In a country where 41.3% of the women have experienced sexual violence, abortion in unsafe conditions is the fourth leading cause of maternal death.

Sources: OMM 2015, ENDIREH 2016

In 2019, Fondo Semillas supported three green tide campaigns in San Luis Potosi, Michoacan, and Sinaloa. Their focus was to increase access to legal and safe abortion services and advocate for public policies for the decriminalization of abortion at the local and the national level.

On September 25, 2019, the Congress of Oaxaca decriminalized abortion within 12 weeks of gestation. Together with other local organizations, Ixmucane, an organization with a great track record in the defense of women’s rights and that we have funded for several years, helped push through bills to decriminalize abortion. The bills had been submitted by three female members of a Congress consisting mainly of progressive women.

Oaxaca is only the second state of the country where the termination of pregnancy is legal.

SOCIAL SECURITY FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS

In April 2019, a pilot program was launched to enroll domestic workers in the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS). By December 2019, total enrollment was already 12,000. This right is expected to become mandatory for all paid domestic workers.

This significant achievement is the result of a ceaseless struggle for the labor rights of domestic workers, led by organizations supported by Fondo Semillas for more than 15 years. These organizations include Centro de Apoyo y Capacitación para Empleadas del Hogar (CACEH), Red de Mujeres Empleadas del Hogar de Guerrero, Tzome Ixuk in Chiapas, Centro de Apoyo a la Trabajadora Doméstica en Morelos, and Parvada in Jalisco.

#GirlsWhoMigrate

Criminal networks, people trafficking, and forced disappearances threaten the safety of thousands of migrant girls and women, who flee Central America to escape from violence and poverty and reach the United States. As many as 6 in 10 are raped while traveling through Mexico. Although migrating entails huge risks, the number of incoming migrant minors almost trebled in Q1 2019, compared to 2018. The reason is simple: staying in their communities of origin is even more dangerous than migrating.

To create awareness about this reality and raise funds that would allow us to continue to finance organizations working for migrant rights, at the end of 2019 Fondo Semillas launched the #GirlsWhoMigrate campaign.

Sources: AI México, INM

Sources: AI México and the National Migration Institute (INM)

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The organizations funded by Fondo Semillas have provided migrant girls and women with…

  • Legal accompaniment in cases of arbitrary detention and for family reunification
  • Human rights workshops for migrant women and their families
  • Advisory to obtain identity documents to enroll their children in school
  • Accompaniment for migrants seeking asylum and refugee status for humanitarian reasons
  • Psycho-emotional support
  • Safe shelter

KALEIDOSCOPE:

FINDINGS AND REFLECTIONS ON LGBTQI+ MOVEMENTS IN MEXICO

In collaboration with the Arcus Foundation and the Global Fund for Women, Fondo Semillas led a research study entitled Kaleidoscope. On September 26, we presented the study to 64 organizations linked to LGBTQI+ movements throughout Mexico.

A participatory exploration, Kaleidoscope was carried out with organizations, activists, and experts. This study helped identify the main needs, challenges, and opportunities for the LGBTQI+ movements in the country.

As part of the presentation of the study, a space for discussion was provided to allow the organizations to share and exchange their views relating to new developments and urgent issues identified by the study.

Read the study here

WE STRENGTHENED THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT IN MEXICO

Fondo Semillas provides funding to organizations working for gender equality. In addition, it strengthens the Mexican feminist movement by organizing meetings between the groups it supports and with other key actors.

In May, we held our Kickoff Meeting with 105 groups we funded during the 2019-2020 grantmaking cycle. The objective was to get to know each other, identify collaboration opportunities, and reflect on the sustainability of the feminist movement.

We also discussed the importance of activists’ collective care and comprehensive safety.

Throughout the year, Fondo Semillas convened thematic meetings that were intended to create a time for reflection and strategic opportunities for the organizations working in issues related to Fondo Semillas’s five programs.

FIRST LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN FEMINIST MEETING ON JUSTICE

The Meeting took place in Quito, Ecuador, in September, with the participation of 78 women’s collectives from Honduras, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, and Mexico. The objective was to explore new paradigms of justice —other than punitive justice and justice in the prison system— in the broader contexts of dispossession, racism, punishment for poverty, and violence against women.



What would feminist justice look like?

How to prevent repetition of violent forms of patriarchal “justice”?

How to achieve restorative justice processes?

How to achieve transformative justice that is truly healing?

How to promote processes that don’t subjugate directly or indirectly women's bodies and explore new forms of reparation by reconstructing the social-community fabric?



Since this is a cross-cutting problem that structurally affects women’s lives, Fondo Semillas decided to be one of the funders of the meeting. Importantly, four organizations we support —Tequio Jurídico, Las Libres, Histriónicas Hermanas Himénez, and Red Mesa de Mujeres de Ciudad Juárez— attended the event.

Programs

Here are examples of the work carried out by the organizations we support.
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52 organizations supported

18 organizations supported

18 organizations supported

31 organizations supported

24 organizations supported

OUR DONORS

Thank you for trusting Fondo Semillas!

417

Individual donors

See the testimonial of Florencia Toscano, one of our donors (in Spanish).

13

Corporate Donors

Collaboration between the private sector and Fondo Semillas in 2019 was unprecedented. We are grateful to the 13 companies collaborating with Fondo Semillas for contributing to social change in favor of women in Mexico.

The ADO Foundation

The ADO Foundation has been an #EmpresaSemillas for several years. With ADO’s grant, in 2019 we supported five groups under the program Women Rebuiding Their Communities to promote economic reactivation after the 2017 earthquakes.

Our alliance with ADO has allowed us to corroborate how efficient our work model with the private sector has been. Our relationship with the Foundation has changed: from working with them on a specific project to developing a transformative collaboration that included our advisory to strengthen the company’s gender equality policies.

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Institutional donors

  • American Jewish World Service
  • Arcus Foundation
  • C&A Foundation [2014-2019]
  • European Commission
  • Anonymous Donors
  • Fondation Chanel
  • Ford Foundation
  • Foundation for a Just Society
  • Global Fund for Community Foundations
  • Global Fund for Women
  • GlobalGiving
  • Kering Foundation
  • Levi Strauss Foundation
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • MADRE
  • Mama Cash
  • NoVo Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation
  • Oak Foundation
  • Prospera International Network of Women’s Funds
  • Seattle International Foundation
  • Threshold Foundation
  • Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
  • Women Win