During 2020 and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Resilient Communities was established as a new Fondo Semillas program. Its focus is on the recovery of communities after crisis and/or on preparation to reduce the impact of a future emergency, and allows women to lead resilience processes in their particular contexts.
Twenty-eight organizations and groups that have faced the effects of the health and economic crisis received flexible funding with a feminist approach. In Mexico, the pandemic’s impact has manifested differently among distinct populations such as girls, adolescents, women and people from the LBTTIQ+ community. The loss of jobs, girls dropping out of school due to domestic and care work, and an increase in gender violence during confinement, among other reasons, prompted these organizations to implement the following strategies:
- Delivery of humanitarian supplies and health care to vulnerable populations
- Economic reactivation
- Social fabric reconstruction
- Recovery of traditional trades/professions
- Food sovereignty
- Emotional support and violence prevention through psychological support services and legal orientation
Las Panas is a group that has worked with women in Mexico City during the pandemic. The project is structured in such a way that the violence that some experience is identified and recognized by them as a group, while they also learn baking. This approach allows the creation of support and solidarity networks among women, in addition to training them in a trade that they can take advantage of for their empowerment and economic autonomy.
- In 2020, the Women’s Line received and attended over 700 calls daily around gender violence.
- 84% of the 1.6 million people who left the workforce due to the health crisis are women.