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 specifically funds a limited number of organizations promoting women’s human rights, reproductive rights and LGBT rights in Latin America.

Below are the 2015 grantees in the Foundation’s Latin American Gender Rights portfolio.


International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission

General Operating Support  $30,000

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) advances human rights for everyone, everywhere to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. IGLHRC works for safer, fuller, more empowered lives for LGBT people, with the goal of building strong LGBT rights movements worldwide. In 2015-2016, its Latin American and Caribbean Program will advance the organization’s mission through IGLHRC’s areas of programmatic specialization: human rights documentation and advocacy alongside grassroots partner activists from the Global South.  In particular, it will pursue four initiatives to advance LGBT rights across Latin America.



Disability Rights International

Women’s Rights Advocacy Initiative: Mexico and Guatemala - $50,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)

Disability Rights International (DRI) is the leading international advocacy organization dedicated to the human rights of people with disabilities. DRI has worked in more than thirty countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and Asia. DRI documents abuses, trains activists and collaborates with advocacy groups working to bring about sustainable reforms in their own countries.  The Women’s Rights Advocacy Initiative builds the capacity of women with disabilities to advocate for their own rights. DRI will focus on the concerns of women and girls in Mexico and Guatemala, sensitizing authorities to the violence, trafficking, and denial of reproductive rights within 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. The organization also strives to eliminate sexually transmitted infections, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS.

Women’s Link Worldwide

General Operating Support $20,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)

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.