FSD Program Site: Tola, Nicaragua           Organization Location: Rivas, Nicaragua

Provides access to services and programs for women and their families in order to empower them in their role as agents of change.

Organization Overview

AMNLAE Casa de la Mujer “Sonia Bello” provides access to services and programs for women and their families in order to empower them in their role as agents of change and to influence men to achieve relationships of equity in regards to the resources and benefits of development. The Association of Women Before the Problems of the Nation (AMPRONAC) formed on September 29, 1977, as part of the Sandinista network, in response to the demands of women participating in bringing down the Somoza dictatorship. The organization obtained its legal status as a non-governmental organization in 1990 and later became known as AMNLAE, the Luisa Amanda Espinoza Association of Nicaraguan Women. Casa de la Mujer or the “Sonia Bello” house in the city of Rivas is among six other houses within the AMNLAE network in six municipalities throughout the department. These municipal houses serve as spaces for meetings, trainings and the development of women, adolescents and youth. There are 1600 women associated with AMNLAE Rivas; Casa de la Mujer also works with adolescents and youth belonging to the Youth Network for Human Dignity, a group of 850 participants that organizes and executes activities in coordination with women in the community.

Programs

Casa de la Mujer’s fields of action include: outreach, promotion, and defense of women´s rights; promotion of equality in political management and decision-making; and the promotion of women´s participation in economic decision-making. AMNLAE in the department of Rivas offers 5 programs: 1) The Struggle Against Gender-Based Violence contributes to the passage, procedure and exercise of laws in defense of women’s rights and provides legal assistance and other services to victims making legal complaints. 2) The Comprehensive Health Program is designed to improve health, with an emphasis on preventative medicine and the sexual and reproductive health of women, adolescents and youth. The Casa de la Mujer has a clinic that provides specialized care in practices such as gynecology and pediatrics; it also offers counseling in sexual and reproductive health in addition to psychosocial care, general medicine, natural medicine and a clinical laboratory. 3) The Power and Leadership Program empowers women by developing their leadership and decision-making skills to help them obtain positions of power at the local and national level. 4) The Comprehensive Youth and Adolescent Program contributes to youth empowerment and leadership through participation in the process of education and reflection in eight municipalities in the department. 5) The Environment and Economic Empowerment Program contributes to women’s empowerment and the development of youth and adolescents through the promotion of professional and technical training in areas such as microcomputer operation, typing, dressmaking, baking and the culinary arts.