Leslie and Brenda of Asociación AMA will co-lead the project, “Love me and Protect me from Pregnancy, Phase III.” They will strengthen the knowledge and practices around sexual and reproductive health and rights of 45 youth leaders as well as increase the didactic skills of 108 primary school teachers, responsible for providing comprehensive sexuality education in Southern Petén. During the course of the project they will transmit 30 episodes of their bilingual radio program, “The ABC of Sexuality,” which addresses sexual and reproductive health and rights. Asociación AMA will also engage in advocacy with ministers of health and education in Petén and at the national level.
Gloria and Elsa will lead Corazón del Agua‘s project to carry out an assessment to understand the use, access and need for family planning methods in adolescents and young people in Alta Verapaz and Chimaltenango. It will determine the feasibility of opening a youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health center in Alta Verapaz. Corazón del Agua will also launch a communication strategy to promote the clinic among indigenous young people, along with leading health days and interactive fairs on sexual and reproductive health to benefit at least 500 young people in the communities of Alta Verapaz and Chimaltenango.
Project leader: Benilda Martínez, 25
Benilda Martínez will lead Asociación COINCIDIR‘s project to engage in local advocacy to increase the municipal budget and commitment to girls’ education and to achieve the sustainability of the organization’s Center for Adolescent Development. Additionally, Coincidir will provide workshops for 50 out-of-school adolescent girls from 5 communities in the municipality of San Luis Jilotepeque, and will carry out popular education outreach activities and intergenerational dialogues between adolescents and their parents to increase support for girls to stay in school.
Joseline Esteffanía y Blanca Ketzal’í will lead GOJoven Guatemala‘s project to provide training and support to public officials in two municipalities for the development of local policy related to forced pregnancies and unions. GoJoven will also disseminate their campaign, #NoForcedUnions, on two radio stations and through a webpage.
Sandra and Delfina of Women’s Justice Initiative will lead the project, “Empowering Mayan Girls and Community Actors to Prevent Early Unions” to provide rights-based trainings on preventing early unions to 300 adolescent girls as well as their parents, teachers, health providers and municipal leaders. The project will also develop informational materials and educational resources for the girls and hold a municipal forum centered on early unions with key stakeholders.
Kendra Alejandra and Milena Raquel will lead Red de Jóvenes para la Incidencia Política – Incide Joven’s project to provide workshops on sexual and reproductive health and rights for 80 students in four teaching schools and to engage them in a photo exhibit on their perceptions of adolescent pregnancy, early unions and sexual violence. INCIDEJOVEN will also engage in national advocacy on policy related to early unions, sexual rights and sexual violence.