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Grantee name: Cultural Survival

Mission: Cultural Survival advocates for Indigenous Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures and political resilience.

Location: Cambridge, MA, USA


Channel Grants: In 2016 Channel made a grant to Cultural Survival to support their Strengthening Indigenous Women Leadership in Community Radio Initiative.  In particular, funds will support the organization of a multi-day workshop for a cohort of indigenous women from Central America to attend and gain leadership skills as well as training in investigative journalism, community radio production and technical equipment operations. The intention of this initiative is to increase the visibility and capacity of Indigenous women’s leadership so that they will be able to use community radio as a medium for advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in their respective communities. (2016)

In 2015 Channel made a grant to Cultural Survival to support the travel and participation costs of eight indigenous women community radio broadcasters from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in the First Central American Indigenous Community Radio Conference in Kuna Yala, Panama in January 16-19, 2016.  The goal of the conference was to establish the foundation for a Central American regional indigenous community radio network for sharing resources, technologies, good practices, political strategies, and building international political support, all with the goal of supporting Indigenous Peoples' struggle in defense of their identify, land, and human rights. (2015)

Outcomes: Indigenous community radio journalists launched a Central American Radio Network at the conference and women participated at all levels as described in the article, Out Front: Women Speak Up at the First Central American Indigenous Community Radio Conference.