Guatemala – Past Grantees
Leslie and Brenda of the AMA Association co-led the project, “Love me and protect me from pregnancy, Phase III.” A project to strengthen knowledge and practices on sexual and reproductive health and rights of 45 youth leaders; they increased the teaching skills of 108 elementary school teachers and provided comprehensive sexuality education in southern Peten. During the project, 30 episodes of their bilingual radio program, “The ABC of Sexuality,” were broadcast. The ABC of Sexuality addresses sexual and reproductive health and rights. The AMA Association also participated in the promotion with the ministers of health and education in Petén and at the national level.
Project leader: Benilda Martínez, 24
Coincidir improved the permanence, success and enrollment of adolescents in secondary schools in the municipality of San Luis Jilotepeque in the department of Jalapa by consolidating a girl-led advocacy group that engaged in advocacy with the municipal mayor to increase scholarships for adolescent girls to continue their education. Their Center for Adolescent Development was strengthened and they provided training and tutoring services to adolescent girls. Diverse popular education activities for parents and community leaders were implemented to encourage girls education in the community. Finally, they implemented girl protection policies in three schools.
Project leader: Joseline Esteffania Velásquez Morales, 24
GOJoven Guatemala established multi-stakeholder spaces and developed and implemented action plans for the prevention of forced unions in 4 municipalities. Additionally, political dialogues were held with key actors in the executive and legislative branches to favor adolescent girls’ rights.
Women’s Justice Initiative lead the project, “Empowering Mayan Girls and Community Actors to Prevent Early Unions” where provided rights-based trainings on preventing early unions to 169 adolescent girls as well as parents, teachers, health providers and municipal leaders (473 in total). Additionally, WJI developed informational materials and educational resources for the girls and held a municipal forum centered on early unions with key stakeholders.
Project leader: Leslie Mejía
Leslie led the project carried out by Asociación AMA that increased knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights issues among the members of the organization and increased the didactic skills of primary school teachers in the southern Petén. Asociación AMA also became involved in advocacy with the Ministry of Education and Health in Petén and at the national level.
Project leader: Benilda Martínez, 23 años
Benilda Martínez led 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 also monitored 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 continued to educate parents and other community leaders about the importance of keeping girls in school until they graduate.
Joseline Velasquez Morales and Ingrid Gálvez jointly led 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 collaborated with the Human Rights Attorney’s office to disseminate this new legislation in 12 states around the country. They also launched a communication campaign aimed at both citizens and decision-makers about the reform.
Project Leader: Sandra Cocón, 30
Sandra Cocón led 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 provided legal support for specific cases of early marriage, should the need arise.
Asociación Alas de Guatemala (ALAS)
Project leaders: Fidelia Chub, 24 and Ana Lucía Gonzalez, 26
ALAS recruited and trained 60 youth leaders to form part of their network in five states. These young people, in turn, carried out outreach with their in- and out-of-school peers in rural communities regarding sexual and reproductive health, including providing referrals to ALAS’ community health promoters and youth-friendly services.
Project leader: Benilda Martínez, 22
COINCIDIR seeks to increase the enrollment, retention and academic success of 150 girls in secondary school in the municipality of San Luis Jilotepeque in the department of Jalapa. COINCIDIR will organize and carry out a communication campaign and provide workshops to 200 parents on the importance of girls’ education. They will also provide trainings for teachers and recognize five schools as “safe places” for girls. Furthermore, COINCIDIR will establish a development center for adolescents that will offer diverse services, including a library and tutoring. Finally, COINCIDIR will also work to increase the municipal government’s investment in programs related to girls’ education through an advocacy strategy led by adolescents.
Project leader: Leslie Mejía, 28
With the support of Global Humanitaria, Asociación AMA trained young women from their organization in sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Some of these same young women participated in a weekly bilingual radio program on the same topics. Likewise, Asociación AMA trained over 100 teachers from 44 primary schools in the South of Petén in Comprehensive Sexuality Education and established agreements with both the education and health sectors for the promotion of CSE in the state.
Project Leader: Ingrid Galvez, 31
GOJoven Guatemala’s project took advantage of a unique political moment with elections in 2015 to design and implement an advocacy campaign to raise awareness about child marriage among candidates/as from different political parties at the national level and in five states. In collaboration with other civil organizations, government institutions and international organizations, GOJoven Guatemala was an important actor in the reform of the civil code that increased the age of marriage for girls and boys to 18 years.
Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI) will carry out their project in the municipality of Patzún in the department of Chimaltenango. WJI will train 150 adolescent girls between the ages of 11-16 to provide them with the knowledge and skills to assert their rights as young women. In addition, workshops will be provided to 150 parents and 60 community leaders on gender equality and the importance of extending the age of marriage/union. The grant will also cover the development of action plans for community leaders and legal advice for families in cases of child marriage.
Asociación Alas de Guatemala (ALAS)
Project Leader: Fidelia Chub, 24
ALAS formed a network of 150 young leaders who participated in direct outreach on sexual and reproductive health with out-of-school youth in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. The young leaders showed an increase in their perceptions on gender, sexuality and reproductive health and succeeded in providing counseling and referrals to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services to project beneficiaries. The young leaders also carried out sexual and reproductive health and rights advocacy activities in five municipalities. ALAS additionally trained teachers in five communities thereby increasing the number of institutions that offer comprehensive sexuality education in the state of Alta Verapaz.