Ana Criquillion Poulhazan

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2003


This profile was prepared when Ana Criquillion Poulhazan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
The Central American Women’s Fund will mobilize new sources of financial contributions from individual donors both inside the region and among Central Americans residing in the United States and redistribute them to support women’s organizations in Central America that defend and promote women’s rights, particularly those made up of young underprivileged women. This will contribute to sustainable development of women’s participation and leadership within the region and counter some of its main obstacles, such as women’s lack of economic autonomy, access to education and adequate health care, restriction of sexual and reproductive rights, sexual and domestic violence, and scant participation in the political sphere. It will also pave the way for philanthropy in Central America, for the first time creating a fund led and managed from the region itself. In addition, Ana’s fund will contribute to a cohesiveness and sense of community among Central American women at home and residing abroad, countering the individualism fostered by the dominant socioeconomic model.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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