Voz Electoral: the voice that informed and brought you closer to citizenship


Written by: Fernando Santos, Journalist, Guazapa Radio 92.1 F.M. “The Voice of Progress”

Guazapa Radio, as an alternative medium of communication in El Salvador that is “committed to be the voice of the voiceless”, as once said by the Archishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, has once again served its audience through the special program “Voz Electoral” (or “Electoral Voice”) which was produced and broadcasted during the first and second round of the presidential elections.

This program was possible thanks to the collaboration of a team of more than 20 young people, who are very enthusiastic and aware of the social responsibility of community media. Voz Electoral informed the population of the northern regions of San Salvador and southwest municipalities of Chalatenango about the details of the 2014 presidential elections.

The elections were held in two rounds. The law governed by the Electoral Code, Article 216, establishes that if the winner does not receive 50% of the votes, there has to be a second round, with the top two candidates who received the highest number of valid votes in the running.

The first presidential elections held by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) were on February 2, 2014. Salvadorans went to the polls to choose their president among five candidates; four right-wing candidates and one left-wing (Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional FMLN).

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What is the true meaning of International Women’s Day?


By Michele Frix, director of programs of the Seattle International Foundation

Originally published in Spanish in LOOK Magazine Guatemala, March edition.


When I first learned that my next piece for LOOK would come out in March, I knew right away I would write about International Women’s Day. As a woman committed to women’s leadership, equality, and empowerment, the choice was simple.

To some, International Women’s Day is a date to celebrate being a woman. For others, it is similar to Mother’s Day, a time to recognize important women who have touched their lives. For me, this day is a chance to look back on past struggles and accomplishments of the international women’s movement and to consider the untapped potential and opportunities for future generations of women.

I have to admit, the idea of honoring this important date was at first daunting:  Where do I begin? Do people even care about this day? Do they even know it exists? This wonderful day celebrates half of the world’s population, yet many women have never even heard of it.

So who is the first person I go to with tough questions when I’m feeling stuck? My mother, of course.

“Hey Mom,” I asked as she sat in the living room folding laundry, “What does International Women’s Day mean to you? Don’t Google it, just tell me the first thing that comes to mind.”

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LOOK Magazine and SIF launch contest to support women in Guatemala in celebration of International Women’s Day


LOOK Magazine and the Seattle International Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of a contest to provide financial support to a women’s-led non-governmental organization (NGO) in Guatemala to commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8.

In LOOK Magazine’s March edition, SIF Director of Programs Michele Frix, calls on LOOK readers to submit a letter describing what International Women’s Day means to them, and to nominate a Guatemalan organization who is actively working to advance the rights of women and girls in the country.

One reader will be selected to appear in the May issue, featuring their profile and contest entry describing what this day means to them. In addition, the organizations they nominate will receive a prize of US$1,000.

“The March column is focused on International Women’s Day, with the hope that Central American women readers will share what this day means to them. If we are going to work to improve the lives of women around the world, women in every country must be involved in setting the priorities,” explained Frix.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Central American Women’s Leadership (CAWL) Program


If you meet each of these requirements or know someone who does, please feel encouraged to complete an application for this unique opportunity!

  • Are you a leader living and working in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica or Panamá?
  • Do you have more than five years of experience working in leadership in NGOs or grassroots organizations?
  • Are you committed to building positive social change in your community?
  • Are you between 25 and 42 years old?
  • Do you carry out conversations at an intermediate level of English?
  • Are you available in September 2014 to travel to Seattle, USA to participate in an intensive training for eight weeks?


The Central America Women’s Leadership (CAWL) program  is a partnership between iLEAP and the Seattle International Foundation. iLEAP is now accepting applications to participate in this intensive training in leadership and social innovation for Central American leaders. These Central American women leaders will be a part of the international group of 15 iLEAP fellows from Asia, Africa and Latin America. This is a global, unique and intercultural experience, based in Seattle.

This program is comprehensive. By providing a balance between personal and collective reflection, learning through dialogue and communication training and effective leadership training is guaranteed. Our fellows will return to their home renewed and with new tools to lead their communities. The fellows have a clear commitment to themselves, what they do and global change. The training will be held in Seattle, Washington from September 29 to November 21, 2014. All expenses will be covered by the fellowship.

The application deadline is April 13, 2014. To apply, visit the online application: http://goo.gl/WdCViK.

For more information, please visit: http://ileap.org/programs/if/central-america-womens-leadership-cawl-fellowship

If you have any questions about the iLEAP CAWL program, please contact iLEAP at: fellowship@iLEAP.org.

**This scholarship is contingent upon funding approval**

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