Ana Criquillon Poulhazan

Ana Criquillon Poulhazan

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Name: Ana Criquillon Poulhazan
Organization: The Campaigner (temporary name)
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Title: Strategic Coordinator
Bio:
Ana (Anne) Criquillion is a French-Nicaraguan long time gender justice and feminist activist, a social entrepreneur and a “serial founder”. At 22, Ana started a women’s group in a poor neighborhood in Managua, focusing on advancing women’s rights during the struggle against Somoza’s dictatorship. During the Sandinista Revolution, Ana went to work for the Rural Workers Association (ATC) where she and a colleague convinced the union to establish Nicaragua’s first organized women workers’ secretariat in the country. Later on, while teaching sociology at Central American University (UCA), Ana created Nicaragua’s first women studies undergraduate program. She was also involved in the creation of The PIE (Partido de la Izquierda Erotica) a group of well known feminist activists during the revolution. In 1990, she founded Puntos de Encuentro, (“Common Ground”), a Nicaraguan non-profit organization specialized in communication for social change, working for the promotion of women’s and girls’ rights. Puntos became soon a well-known organization in the region, thanks to its very successful television soap operas and its feminist magazine La Boletina. In the following decade, Ana focused her energy on the feminist movement’s financial sustainability. She has been the founding Director of the Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres based in Nicaragua and later of the Central American Women’s Fund based in San Francisco (California), a founder of Calala- Fondo de Mujeres in Spain and more recently of FRIDA the Young Feminist Fund. She has served between 2006 and 2010 as Chair of the Board of the International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF). In 2005, Ana was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship for leading social entrepreneurs proposing innovative solutions to change patterns across society. In 2012, she has been selected again by Ashoka and Actuality Media as one of the 25 Social Entrepreneurs who “change Mexico and Central America”. Ana is currently co-founder and Strategic Coordinator of the Campaigner Project for Gender Justice, the first digital platform where feminist and gender justice activists can run their own campaigns and build together a global community of powerful, like-minded and committed gender equality and women’s rights supporters all over the world.

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Mar 09, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Human Rights

Ana has created a Central America-wide fund to finance grassroots women's groups throughout the region in order to foster integral development of Central American society with a gender perspective.