international gender rights

Paralleling the Foundation’s domestic focus on gender rights and justice, Overbrook supports organizations working on these same issues in Latin America. In both the U.S. and Latin America, there has been inspiring progress in advancing gender rights in recent years.  At the same time, we've also seen significant setbacks and persistent discrimination across the region. To address some of these injustices, the Foundation funds a limited number of organizations promoting women’s human rights, reproductive rights and LGBT rights in Latin America.

Below are the 2014 grantees in the Foundation’s Latin American Gender Rights portfolio.


Center for Reproductive Rights

Latin America and the Caribbean Program - $35,000 (second 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 are 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 primarily supports women with disabilities to advocate for their own rights in Mexico and Guatemala. As a part of this work, DRI 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 - $40,000

The International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), also known as the Regional Office, is a leading sexual and reproductive health organization in Latin America and the Caribbean. IPPF/WHR works to improve individuals’ quality of life through the provision of vital sexual and reproductive health services, especially for the most vulnerable, while simultaneously campaigning for sexual and reproductive health and rights at the national, regional and international levels. IPPF/WHR defends the right of all people, including 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. 

Women’s Link Worldwide

General Operating Support - $25,000

Founded in 2001, Women’s Link Worldwide is an international human rights non-profit organization working to ensure that gender equality is a reality around the world. Women’s Link Worldwide advances the rights of women and girls through the development and strategic implementation of human rights law. Women’s Link works on issues such as sexual and reproductive rights, international gender crimes, and human trafficking, with a particular focus on how multiple forms of inequality and discrimination block women and girls from accessing their human rights.

Grantees by Year:  2015  |  2014  |  2013