What We Do / Women and Gender Overview
Partners believes that economic, social and political gains are possible only where women are full participants in and beneficiaries of community and national development. Since its inception, Partners has worked to help women and their families, particularly those living in poverty, to achieve their full potential. Partners is uniquely positioned to provide technical assistance and training to support women in development programs. Partners advocates for women’s legal rights and political participation; works to eradicate and reduce the effects of trafficking in persons and gender violence; increases women’s access to micro-credit and finance; increases awareness of women’s reproductive rights and increases access to health and social services for women; and decreases domestic violence. Through Partners' programs, countless women have developed leadership skills, learned about advocacy and media outreach, shared success stories with their counterparts, and explored new concepts and ideas.


  • Workforce Development for Girls in Brazil (Vencedoras): In cooperation with the Nike Foundation, Partners and its affiliate in Brazil, Instituto Companheiros das Americas, are implementing the A Ganar-inspired Vencedoras (meaning "winners" in Portuguese). Vencedoras will provide employment and entrepreneurship training to over 1400 adolescent girls/young women in three Brazilian states. Vencedoras participants apply the lessons they learn on the playing field into valuable and marketable job skills. They also complete vocational technical and entrepreneurship training, take part in an internship, are mentored by local business leaders and complete a service learning project.


  •  Improving Access to Justice for Trafficking in Persons Victims in Brazil (ACT for Justice Brazil): The program focused on legal and psychosocial support to trafficking in persons victims aiming at a greater access to Justice. The overall goal was to improve access to justice for children and adolescents victims of trafficking in persons through specialized psychosocial and legal services. Partners implemented ACT in Fortaleza, Sao Paulo and Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil, targeting children and Children and adolescents victims of TIP, sex tourism, and sexual exploitation from 2007- 2009.


  •  Women in Development (USAID): From 2002 – 2007, Partners promoted women’s political participation and legal rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, targeting Peru, Bolivia, and Haiti, and providing direct training for 60 women, all of whom were emerging leaders in their communities. The training centered on developing advocacy strategies and educational campaigns on women’s legal rights, with an emphasis on coalition building, message development, evaluation, media relations and government interaction. The project also provided $15,000 in small grants for local women activists to conduct legal rights education and political participation projects.


  • Women in Development- IQC Anti-Trafficking: Partners offered technical support to Chemonics International, which is part of a consortium of organizations working with USAID to combat TIP and CSE. Partners worked to provide technical assistance to identify and develop activities to address trafficking from 2004 – 2007.


  • Combatting Trafficking of Children and Youth in Brazil (PAIR I and II Brazil): The program combated commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking by bringing together federal agencies, local governments, businesses and nonprofits to identify crimes and provide services to victims, targeting 5,200 beneficiaries from 2002 – 2007.


  • Colombia Women for Peace (USAID): From 2002- 2004 Partners implemented a two-year Women for Peace project, aimed at 480 low-income women in six municipalities in Colombia, provided intensive training, micro-credit opportunities and small grants supporting peace and political development programs.


  • At Risk Youth Program in Brazil (POMMAR Brazil): Implemented from 1994 – 2004, the program targeted 34,000 at risk children and youth. The program’s goal was to contribute to the development children and youth into confident, healthy, responsible, and productive citizens able to meet their individual needs and contribute to society. The program improved the capacity of the Brazilian government and civil society organizations to respond to the needs of child and youth victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking.