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Vital Voices Chapters are active in Voces Vitales Cono Sur, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland and Ukraine.

Chapters are independent organizations that share Vital Voices’ vision and mission, embodying the “pay it forward” principle. Aligned with the mission of Vital Voices, Chapters conduct independent programming and fundraising, establishing strategic partnerships and dynamic networks of women leaders.

Vital Voices Chapters develop context-specific, targeted programs at the local level. Over the years, they have successfully carried out a diverse array of interventions in line with Vital Voices’ three issue areas: Human Rights, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, and Political and Public Leadership.

Chapters promote women’s full participation in society by:

  • Fostering mentoring and leadership
  • Delivering technical capacity-building
  • Leveraging networks and public-private partnerships
  • Implementing awareness-raising campaigns
  • Driving advocacy for attitudinal and policy change
  • Convening forums and summits

Background and Leadership

Voces Vitales Cono Sur was launched in 2009 by María Gabriela Hoch, Clarisa Eseiza, and Laura Busnelli, alumnae of the FORTUNE/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Program and the 2008 Vital Voices Summit of the Americas.

Like Voces Vitales Argentina on Facebook, follow the chapter on Twitter, or visit their website.

Background and Leadership

Voces Vitales Costa Rica was launched in 2011 as Fundación Unidas para Crecer by Alexandra Kissling, Gabriela Flores, and Karla González, and became a Vital Voices chapter in 2014

Voces Vitales Costa Rica on Facebook or visit their website

Background and Leadership

Voces Vitales Guatemala was launched in 2008 by Maria Pacheco, Global Leadership Awards honoree and alumna of the FORTUNE/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Program, with the support of USAID Guatemala, the Fundación Proyecto de Vida.

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Background and Leadership

Voces Vitales El Salvador was launched in 2009 by Carmen Irene Alas, Maria Eugenia Brizuela de Avila, Elena de Alfaro, Marisol Argueta, Yolanda Mayora, María Teresa de Rendón, and Cecilia Gallardo.

Voces Vitales El Salvador on Facebook or visit their website.

Background and Leadership

Voces Vitales Honduras was launched in 2011 by co-founders Candice Lloyd, Mabel Velasquez, and Regina Wong.

Voces Vitales Honduras on Facebook or visit their website.

Background and Leadership

Vital Voices México was launched in 2014 by Gloria Patricia García Franco, Alicia Sierra Morales, and Luz María de la Mora Sánchez, a VVLead fellow, Global Ambassadors Program mentor, HERLead Fellowship mentor.

Voces Vitales México on Facebook or visit their website.

Background and Leadership

Voces Vitales Nicaragua was launched in 2009 by Mercedes Deshon, María Nelly Rivas, Egda Vélez, and Cristiana Chamorro, under the auspices of the Fundación Violeta Barrios de Chamorro.

Voces Vitales Nicaragua on Facebook, or visit their website.

Background and Leadership

Voces Vitales Panamá was launched in 2006 by then First Lady Vivian Fernández de Torrijos and other alumnae of the Vital Voices Leadership Summit for Latin America and the Caribbean in June 2006. Since 2010, Gisela Porras has served as President of Voces Vitales Panamá.

Learn more about Voces Vitales Panamá on their website.

Vital Voices Global Partnership and the women of the Polish Professional Women Network (PWNet) formed the Global Network Affiliate Chapter, Vital Voices of Poland, in September of 2007. The efforts to form this chapter were spearheaded by Daria Tataj, alumna of the 2006 Vital Voices FORTUNE/U.S. State Department International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership.

Founding members include Daria Tataj, Dorota Dabrowski, Malgorzata Durska Ingrid Szrajer, Malgorzata Klenk, Izabela Kulpa, Danuta Czajka, Dominika and Herburt-Heybowicz.

Vital Voices’ Poland Chapter recently launched the second annual mentoring program for professional women. The U.S. Embassy is a sponsor of this tremendous initiative, which includes women who aspire to leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. Read more about this program and the U.S. Embassy’s support.

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Vital Voices Ukraine was founded in 2016, by Olga Azarova, Aurika Vranchanu and Viktoriya Chindatskaya.

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