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State Department and Avon Foundation Join Forces to
Combat Gender Violence in Juarez

Mexico City, December 16, 2010 – The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is pleased to announce that “Justicia Para Nuestras Hijas,” a non-governmental organization in Ciudad Juárez, has been selected by the Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Avon Foundation for a $50,000 grant to prevent violence against women.

The U.S. Government is committed to advancing the rights of women and girls as a central focus of U.S. foreign policy interests, in partnership with the private and nonprofit sectors. The Global Fund for Women and Girls, established by Secretary Hillary Clinton, is a privately funded initiative managed by the Department of State that is committed to providing flexible, rapid, targeted, and high-impact grants to nongovernmental organizations working to meet the critical needs of women and girls around the world. Following the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing to promote the advancement of women as a U.S. foreign policy goal, the Avon Foundation partnered with the Department of State by contributing $500,000 to the Secretary's Global Fund for Women and Girls for programs which combat gender based violence.

The main objective of “Justicia Para Nuestras Hijas” is to help women in Ciudad Juarez working in “maquiladoras” to prevent violence against them and, more specifically, to end domestic violence. The NGO strives to provide preventive programs for groups of women vulnerable to gender violence, such as assembly factory (maquiladoras) workers. Prevention programs and innovative training can help women and youth identify, prevent, and eradicate gender violence and reduce murder rates among women. “Justicia Para Nuestras Hijas” plans to hold workshops with women working in C.J’s “maquiladoras” to educate them about the types of violence against women, their rights, and how they can gain access to available resources for victims. They also plan to use social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, to provide information that “jealousy and dating violence” is preventable through the production and presentation of a theatrical performance.