Training and capacity-building

Below are some organisations and resources which provide training and capacity-building in a range of different areas to help women to defend their rights, including strengthening their organisations.

See the Security and Protection section for information on training in this subject.

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers tips and tools for taking action in communities, such as community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and other aspects of community practice.


JASS (Just Associates) organises workshops through its Feminist Alchemy School (Escuela de Alquimia Feminista), with two main focuses – training feminist trainers, and training and dialogue with indigenous and rural women, particularly indigenous community journalists and women defending the right to land, territory and natural resources. The organisation also issues training publications.  

Fundación Acceso works with Central American organizations and social movements to build participatory, equitable, inclusive and sustainable societies.  It currently focuses on two areas: capacity-building in the use of ICTs (information and communication technologies) and strengthening organisations. It does this through the implementation of social research, the development of  methodologies, facilitating workshops and systematising processes.



Sinergia No'j, a Guatemalan organisation specialising in capacity-building, particularly of organisations of indigenous people, women and young people, has an extensive library of training manuals, books and videos. 


Information and communication technologies (ICTs)

Association for Progressive Communications (APC) - “We help people get access to the internet where there is none or it is unaffordable, we help grassroots groups use the technology to develop their communities and further their rights.”  It includes the Women’s Rights Programme (WRP) which is both a programme within APC and a network of women throughout the world committed to using technology for women’s empowerment. It promotes gender equality in the design, implementation, access and use of ICTs and in the policy decisions and frameworks that regulate them. 

Central America

The aim of the RED-DES programme is to strengthen the capacities of organisations and citizens in the use of new information and communication technologies to enhance their learning, knowledge and advocacy on environmental policies to promote sustainable development. The target groups of the programme are the most vulnerable in Central America (young people, children, women, ethnic groups), which will be aided through the strengthening of local organisations and through activities promoting sustainable development.