As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching the MujerProspera (WomanProsper) Challenge, a regional challenge to advance gender equity and equality in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. USAID Administrator Samantha Power first announced this challenge during her trip to El Salvador in June 2021.
Through the MujerProspera Challenge, USAID expects to issue up to 14 awards, each valued between $150,000 and $500,000. USAID welcomes applicants from local organizations in El Salvador, Guatemala, and/or Honduras.
The MujerProspera Challenge seeks holistic and impactful solutions that advance women’s economic security, employment, and/or entrepreneurship. The challenge is seeking new and innovative proposals that:
- Advance women’s economic security by improving working conditions and labor protections, recruitment, retention, promotion, and the advancement of women in dignified, stable work that results in increased access, productivity, and a fair and stable income in the workforce; and
- Address harmful gender norms and enable safe work environments through promoting positive gender norms, egalitarian attitudes and behaviors, a holistic safe working environment, and safe transportation to and from work, supportive of women’s economic security and agency.
Applicants are encouraged to incorporate an intersectional approach that addresses the multiple layers of discrimination and inequality faced by women and girls, in all their diversity. Solutions should root out systemic barriers and discrimination, ambitiously pursue equity and equality for all people, and intentionally address the needs of women and girls, particularly those from marginalized and underserved populations including but not limited to Indigenous and African descendant women and girls.
Visit the MujerProspera Challenge’s website to learn more about the challenge and submit your application by February 14, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST.