Project leader: Sara García, 30
Sara García will lead Agrupación Ciudadana por el Aborto Terapéutico, Ético y Eugenésico’s project in training members of the Alliance for Women’s Health and Lives to implement a comprehensive communication and advocacy strategy to generate support for favorable reproductive rights legislation and policy.
Project leader: Keyla Eunice Cáceres De León, 24
Keyla Eunice Cáceres De León will lead the project to be carried out by Jóvenes Voceras y Voceros por los Derechos Sexuales y los Derechos Reproductivos which will focus on strengthening the organization’s capacity, and individual youth members’ skills to carry out activism and advocacy to generate support for favorable reproductive rights legislation and policy.
Project leader: Leslie Mejía, 28
Leslie Mejía will lead the project carried out by Asociación AMA to increase knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights topics among members of the organization and increase the didactic skills of primary school teachers in Southern Petén. Asociación AMA will also engage in local advocacy with the Ministry of Education and Health in Petén and at the national level.
Project leader: Benilda Martínez, 22 años
Benilda Martínez will lead COINCIDIR’s project to strengthen the organization’s community development center for adolescents and provide the courses and support necessary for young women to succeed in school. COINCIDIR will also monitor the agreements reached last year with the mayor of the municipality of San Luis Jilotepeque for improvements in local secondary schools to make them safer for girls. They will continue to educate parents and other community leaders about the importance of keeping girls in school until they graduate.
Project co-leaders: Joseline Esteffania Velásquez Morales, 23 and Ingrid Janeth Gálvez Cuyún, 31
Joseline Velasquez Morales and Ingrid Gálvez will jointly lead GOJoven Guatemala’s project to inform key state and municipal decision makers, including lawyers, judges and local elected officials, about the recent reform in Guatemala that increased the age of marriage from 14 years for girls and 16 years for boys to 18 years for both. GOJoven Guatemala will collaborate with the Human Rights Attorney’s office to disseminate this new legislation in 12 states around the country. They will also launch a communication campaign aimed at both citizens and decision-makers about the reform.
Project Leader: Sandra Cocón, 30
Sandra Cocón will lead Women’s Justice Initiative’s project to expand their existing girls empowerment program to new communities in the municipality of Patzun, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Through skill-building and empowerment workshops for girls, awareness raising sessions with parents and the development of advocacy plans with community leaders, they will increase support for young girls to pursue their personal goals and delay marriage. Women’s Justice Initiative will provide legal support for specific cases of early marriage, should the need arise.
Project Leader: Angela Rovelo, 21
Angela Rovelo will lead the project to be carried out by Asociación GOJoven Honduras which aims to build support among public authorities at the state-level for the legalization of Emergency Contraception and to engage in advocacy with the ministries of health and education at the national-level.
Project Leader: Grecia Lozano, 22
Grecia Lozano is the leader for the Centro de Derechos de Mujeres’s project which will strengthen members of the We are Many Platform to implement a comprehensive communication and advocacy strategy to generate support for favorable reproductive rights legislation and policy.
Project leader: Sara Avilez Tomé, 30
Sara Avilez Tomé and Yosseline Valladares will co-lead Centro de Estudios de la Mujer – Honduras’ project which seeks to increase favorable public opinion towards reproductive rights by developing the spokesperson skills of young marginalized women and involving them in the implementation of a public campaign.
Project leader: Claudia Pavón, 21
Claudía Pavón will lead Organization for Youth Empowerment’s project which aims to institutionalize the Honduran government’s national comprehensive sexuality education curriculum in Basic Education Centers in El Progreso, Yoro.
Project leader: Mayra Zamaniego, 24
Elige: Red de Jóvenes por los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos will identify and establish work agreements with at least two organizations in the state of Quintana Roo, México. These agreements will stipulate training for organizational members in youth-led advocacy in order to strengthen their skills and ensure their participation in state-level interinstitutional activities related to the implementation of the National Strategy for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy (ENAPEA by its initials in Spanish).