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2011 Press Releases

For Immediate Release
November 15, 2011
Contact: Mauricio Vivero
206-724-5813 cell


SIF Hosts Second Annual Women in the World Breakfast

Awards $159,000 to Washington nonprofits working to empower women


SEATTLE, November 15, 2011 – The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) hosted over 250 women leaders from business, philanthropy, academia and the media to learn and celebrate Seattle’s role in advancing the economic and social empowerment of women worldwide.

Since 2008, SIF has awarded more than $6 million to Washington state organizations working to alleviate global poverty in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

This year’s event featured Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. The Global Fund for Women is the largest publicly supported grant making foundation that advances human rights by investing in women-led organizations worldwide.

“Justice is never just-us. Justice is for all... Men and women are slowly working on issues, creating consciousness, creating change, wherever they are. And we are part of the change. And we see more of that change coming. We celebrate it and hope it will continue into the future,” said Dr. Kanyoro. “When we celebrate these changes for women, we must see ourselves as a global village, and we are all part of that change every day.”

Photo: Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, CEO of the Global Fund for Women with Paula Clapp, SIF Co-Founder. © We Are Shouting

The breakfast highlighted SIF’s investment in grassroots women leaders from around the world by supporting their participation in innovative, Seattle-based leadership programs. This event celebrated global women’s leadership during a panel discussion with grassroots women leaders from El Salvador and the Philippines.

“I will take back with me to the Philippines the sense of knowing my own leadership. I will be able to step back and see myself as a leader, all the skills, networks, and organizations that I am grateful to have met,” said Karen Faith Villaprudente, from the Philippines. “I think I’ve learned how to balance myself between the gaps of what is real and what is possible. That is a true sign of leadership.”

SIF also announced $159,000 in grants to Washington state organizations working to empower women around the world. The following eight grants were announced at the breakfast:

$12,500 for Ayni Education International to carry out a literacy course and vocational training in the Balkh Province of Afghanistan to be offered to 150 older girls and younger women without educational opportunities.

$14,000 for Etta Projects to train 18 women from 9 villages in rural Bolivia to become Community Health Promoters, including a health training, a special communications workshop and administration of the official health promoters exam.

$15,000 for iLEAP: Center for Critical Service to support the international fellowship program in Seattle, which offers transformational education and professional training programs to encourage collaboration among community leaders from around the world.

$12,500 for Maasai Association to operate a weekly mobile clinic providing basic and quality healthcare services, preventative care and immunization delivery to 6,000 women and children in six villages in the Merrueshi region of southeastern Kenya. Funds also support the purchase of solar-powered refrigerators to store children’s immunizations.

$10,000 for OneByOne to support comprehensive fistula treatment services and critical prevention activities in Western Kenya. Funds will specifically support the training of regional representatives to carry out educational programs around treatment and prevention of fistula.

$15,000 for PRE-VENT to support the completion of an education center in Monterrico, Guatemala, to serve as a training site for health promoters and lay midwives; develop a curriculum for the midwife and promoter training program; conduct the training program; and carry out prenatal and child care educational programs with mothers and their children in the area.

$5,000 for Richard’s Rwanda IMPUHWE to support scholarships for 40 Rwandan young women each year, as well as engage youth chapters in Rwanda and the US to raise awareness about the Rwandan genocide and its effects.

$15,000 for VillageReach to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in the Kwitanda community of Malawi through the establishment and expansion of maternal and newborn health care services, community education programs and community mobilization activities.

For a complete list of grants awarded, please click here.


Seattle International Foundation (SIF) was founded as a supporting organization to The Seattle Foundation for the purpose of increasing and enhancing international philanthropy and development efforts from the Pacific Northwest and to serve as a resource to our community.

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