international gender rights

Paralleling the Foundation’s domestic focus on gender, Overbrook supports organizations working on similar issues in Latin America. In both the U.S. and Latin America, there has been both inspiring progress in advancing gender rights and significant setbacks. The Foundation specifically funds organizations promoting women’s human rights, reproductive rights and LGBT rights in Latin America.

Below are the 2013 grantees in the Foundation’s Latin American Gender Rights portfolio.


International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Latin American and Caribbean Program Human Rights Institute - $25,000

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is committed to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. IGLHRC has engaged in emergency responses to human rights abuses, worked against discriminatory laws, endeavored to curtail anti LGBT violence and sought to bring attention to economic and social rights for LGBT people. IGLHRC, together with its partners, has worked to end human rights violations by monitoring and documenting abuses. In its 7th Annual Latin American and Caribbean (Program Human Rights Leadership Institute and in partnership with the ALAS Network, a network of legal scholars specializing in gender and sexuality rights, IGLHRC will empower 12 activists from Colombia, Chile, and St. Lucia to engage in transformative human rights documentation and advocacy at the local and national level.

WOMEN's rights

Center for Reproductive Rights

Latin America and the Caribbean Program - $35,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)

The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. For 20 years, the Center has been fighting to build a robust body of law that will hold governments accountable for safeguarding every woman’s freedom to make her own choices about her reproductive health and future, free from intrusion, coercion, or discrimination. The Center’s Latin America and the Caribbean Program is designed to advance reproductive rights and access to reproductive healthcare for all women, particularly young women, low-income women and women who belong to marginalized communities that are most at risk from reproductive rights violations and restrictions.

Disability Rights International

Women’s Rights Advocacy Initiative: Mexico and Guatemala - $45,000

Disability Rights International (DRI) is the leading international human rights organization dedicated to protecting the rights of people with disabilities in twenty-six countries. DRI documents human rights abuses, trains activists and collaborates with local advocacy groups working to bring about sustainable reforms in their own countries. The Women’s Rights Advocacy Initiative will build the capacity of women with disabilities to advocate for their own rights in Mexico and Guatemala. It will sensitize human rights authorities and women’s rights organizations to the violence, trafficking, and denial of reproductive rights among women and girls with disabilities detained in orphanages and psychiatric facilities.

International Planned Parenthood Federation/ Western Hemisphere Region

General Operating Support - $30,000

The International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) is the leading sexual and reproductive health organization in Latin America and the Caribbean. IPPF/WHR aims to improve individuals’ quality of life, campaigning for sexual and reproductive health and rights through advocacy and services, especially for the most poor and vulnerable. IPPF/WHR defends the right of all young people to enjoy their sexual lives free from ill health, unwanted pregnancy, violence and discrimination. It supports a woman’s right to choose to terminate her pregnancy legally and safely. The organization also strives to eliminate sexually transmitted infections, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS.

University of Chile Law School – Centro de Derechos Humanos

2013 International Human Rights Fellowship - $50,000

The Centro de Derechos Humanos (Center for Human Rights) is a region-wide institution dedicated to promote human rights and strengthen democracies in Latin America, focused on the thematic areas of women´s human rights and gender equality; the rule of law; transparency, accountability and the fight against corruption; and democratization processes. The Center responds to these challenges by training human rights professionals and activists from the public sector and civil society with the conceptual and practical tools necessary to advance the pro-democracy and human rights agendas in the own countries, in particular through the incorporation of international human rights standards at the national level. The Center provides its alumni with on-going support through up-to-date information and coordinated region-wide strategies.

Grantees by Year:  2015  |  2014  |  2013