Girl Power Programme in Nicaragua

The Girl Power programme was a five-year international project on girl’s and young women’s rights, that has been implemented in 10 countries. ICDI worked on the reduction of gender violence, the socio-economic and socio-political empowerment of girls and young women in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Nicaragua, through the cooperation with local NGO’s.

To know more about the overall GP programme, please click here.

In Nicaragua ICDI worked closely with the local organization Asociacion La Amistad, which works in the rural region of Matagalpa, reaching 5 isolated municipalities.


La Amistad focuses mostly on prevention of violence against children and adolescents, through the awareness raising and capacity building of families, communities, educational institutions and children themselves. La Amistad promotes the use of participatory methodologies and non formal education in the implementation of activities on child rights and women’s rights. Moreover, it foresees re-integration programmes for victim of violence and sexual exploitation, offering an individual psychosocial support that often leads the child to become a social worker/peer educator within the organization.

Within the Girl Power Programme La Amistad and ICDI focused on adolescent girls, young women, their families and communities living in 5 rural municipalities of the regions of Matagalpa and RAAN.


– Awareness raising workshops for girls and boys, families and community leaders;

– Creation of informal girls and women networks self help groups;

– Training for government officials, public authorities and school teachers on CRC and protection;

– Inter-institutional dialogue sessions mechanisms to support better implementation of policies and laws for protection of women;

– Participatory workshops for girls and boys on new media technologies and child/women rights.

Facts and figures


Asociacion La Amistad


Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MFS programme

Project Manager

Giulia Cortellesi