On October 14th the CAMY Fund co-sponsored a commemorative event in collaboration with UNFPA Guatemala, the Spanish Cultural Center in Guatemala and La Casa de Producción.

Attendees at the event prior to entering the auditorium.

Attendees at the event prior to entering the auditorium.

The event, held in the context of International Day of the Girl Child (October 11), consisted of the showing of the critically acclaimed Guatemalan film, Ixcanul, followed by a panel discussion with key members of the cast, the UNFPA Representative in Guatemala, a member of the Roundtable for Girls and Adolescents and CAMY Fund grantee partner, GOJoven Guatemala.

The audience awaits the beginning of the movie

The audience awaits the beginning of the movie

The beautifully acted film addresses the arranged marriage of a 17 year old indigenous girl (played by María Mercedes Coroy) and her resulting struggle to escape from this destiny.

GOJoven Guatemala Advocacy Coordinator and CAMY Fund leader, Ingrid Galvez, speaks to the audience from the panel

GOJoven Guatemala Advocacy Coordinator and CAMY Fund leader, Ingrid Galvez, speaks to the audience from the panel

The panelists discussed different aspects of child marriage with the audience, which consisted of civil society organizations, donors, governmental institutions and candidates-elect. They highlighted the importance of eliminating marriage in girls under 14 and increasing the minimum age of marriage from 14 to 18, in accordance with a current proposed reform to the country’s civil code.

Information circulating in social media about changing Guatemala’s civil code.

Information circulating in social media about changing Guatemala’s civil code.

The event represents the first of its kind for the CAMY Fund and an opportunity to highlight our grantmaking in the region on issues of importance to girls and adolescents. We especially appreciated collaborating with UNFPA Guatemala through our Grants Advisory Committee member, José Roberto Luna.

CAMY Fund Grants Advisory Committee member, José Roberto Luna, with the principle protagonists of Ixcanul.

CAMY Fund Grants Advisory Committee member, José Roberto Luna, with the principle protagonists of Ixcanul.

For more information about the event, please see the following articles:

http://www.prensalibre.com/vida/escenario/protagonistas-de-ixcanul-participaran-en-cineforo

http://www.s21.com.gt/vida/2015/10/15/uninas-no-dejen-que-nadie-les-corte-sus-alas