Project Leader: Verlie Rebecca Lamb, 28
Using a girl-centered leadership curriculum, Verlie, will lead the CDF’s project to increase girls’ secondary school retention in 12 schools in 5 communities in the Cayo District. Workshops will also be held with parents to increase community support for girls to stay in school. In addition, CDF will advocate for the adoption of protection policies for girls in school.
Amira and Claudia will lead Toledo Maya Women’s Council’s project to conduct a girl-oriented census and mapping in four Mayan communities in the Toledo District. Young mentors will be trained to lead weekly sessions for 100 girls and adolescents from these communities with the aim of strengthening their knowledge and skills in sexual and reproductive health, leadership, financial education, and social entrepreneurship.
Sara and Joshi of Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto Terapéutico, Ético y Eugenésico will lead the project, “The Fight for our Lives and Health Continues” to carry out advocacy activities with key actors, strengthen the Unión Médica Salvadoreña por la Salud y Vida de las Mujeres as an emerging and credible voice in favor of decriminalization of abortion and create a comprehensive communication campaign that positions the decriminalization of abortion as a critical human rights issue.
Keyla Cáceres and Rodolfo Rivera of Jóvenes Voceras y Voceros en Derechos Sexuales y Derechos Reproductivos will lead the project, “Young People Defend Sexual and Reproductive Rights and the Reform of Article 133 to Decriminalize Abortion in El Salvador.” This project will strengthen the advocacy skills of young participants in the organization. They will also organize a national meeting and forum for youth organizations around the decriminalization of abortion and will additionally create a comprehensive communication campaign directed at elevating the voices of youth leaders in favor of decriminalization of abortion.
Project Leader: Guadalupe Hernández
Guadalupe of Colectiva Amorales will lead the project, “Creating Art and Resistance for Women’s Health and Lives,” which will offer workshops on sexual and reproductive rights to adolescents and young women that work at the San Salvador Central Market. With participants from the workshops they will organize two art fairs closely related to the defense of sexual and reproductuve rights, especially the right to decide.
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.
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.
Project leader: Joseline Esteffania Velásquez Morales, 25
Joseline Esteffanía Velásquez 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.
Project leader: María Betzabe Figueroa
Betzabé will lead Centro de Promoción en Salud y Asistencia Familiar’s (Ceprosaf) project to carry out a study of the knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of nurses and nursing students towards reproductive rights and train them on related issues
Project Leader: Ana Fálope, 27
Ana of GOJoven Honduras will lead the project, “Latin American Youth United for EC” in which the organization will participate in high-level advocacy with the Ministry of Health with the purpose of making Emergency Contraception (EC) available to survivors of sexual violence. They will also carry out a national campaign on social media to generate favorable public opinion towards legalizing EC. Additionally, they will collaborate with the Latin American Consortium on Emergency Contraception (CLAE by its initials in Spanish) as a way to pressure the Honduran government at a regional level.
Project Leader: Marcela Arias
Marcela of Centro de Derechos de Mujeres (CDM) will lead the project, “Strengthening Alliances for the Right to Decide.” Through this project the “We are Many” platform will build a base of support for the decriminalization of abortion comprised of 345 key actors in five cities throughout the country who will participate in a culminating national forum that will highlight the role of the Honduran State in protecting women’s sexual and reproductive rights.
Project leader: Ligia Destephen
Ligia of Centro de Estudios de la Mujer Honduras (CEM-H) will lead the project, “Young Women-Led Advocacy and Capacity Building for the Right to Decide” which has the objective of strengthening the skills of 80 young women from six marginalized neighborhoods in the city of Tegucigalpa as youth advocates and spokespeople for the need to decriminalize abortion for specific indications. Among the activities these young women will work on include designing a communication campaign, participating in public events and engaging in advocacy through participation in interinstitutional working groups with key governmental actors.
Esteban and Irma will lead the Centro Integral de Atención a las Mujeres CIAM Cancún‘s project to carry out a diagnostic study on sexual practices among high school students in Cancun, Quintana Roo. The results of this study will determine the school site where CIAM Cancún will implement their model of comprehensive sexuality education among 700 students, 30 teachers and 25 young men with reported violence towards their classmates. CIAM Cancún will additionally contribute to the reduction of unwanted teenage pregnancies in the state by strengthening the Quintana Roo Network for Youth Sexual and Reproductive Rights and its participation in the State Group for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy.
Project Leader: Melissa Zamora Vieyra, 26
Melissa Zamora will lead Elige, Red de Jóvenes por los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos‘s project to carry out a study on governmental and non-governmental actors and actions related to child marriage and early unions, with the subsequent publication of fact sheets and audio-visual materials on the intersection of child marriage and early unions with other sexual and reproductive health and rights issues and the establishment of dialogues and alliances between different perspectives and movements. Elige will also carry out federal advocacy and organize a national forum on sexual rights and progressive autonomy with non-governmental organizations, public institutions and international bodies.
Project leader: Areli Sánchez Flores, 26
Areli will lead México y Caribe Jóvenes (GOJoven México)‘s project to carry out a mapping of young leaders in the municipalities of Othón P. Blanco and Solidaridad, Quintana Roo. Identified young leaders will be invited to use a “project laboratory” methodology to design and implement outreach and advocacy projects with a focus on preventing unwanted adolescent pregnancy. The young leaders will create alliances with the public and private sectors, as well as with the media to increase their funds and resources in the implementation of their projects.
Marco Antonio and Soledad will lead Servicio, Educación, Sexualidad y Salud (SEEDSSA)‘s project to strengthen the knowledge, attitudes and practices in comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) of 40 teachers from 15 secondary education schools in the municipalities of Solidaridad, Cozumel and Benito Juárez, Quintana Roo while creating a CSE teachers network. Following this training, and with the engagement of 20 school directors and state level school authorities, teachers will implement CSE projects and sessions in the schools.
Project Leader: Adelaida Magally Hernández , 22
Magally of Información y Diseños Educativos para Acciones Saludables A.C. (IDEAS) will lead the project, “Prevention of Forced Marriage and Early Unions among Indigenous Adolescents in Chiapas.” Among the activities carried out will be rights-based trainings on preventing early unions for girls and adolescents as well as cultural activities whose primary message is the importance of preventing early unions for the development, wellbeing and health of girls and adolescents in three communities in Chiapas. Additionally, they will carry out advocacy activities with municipal authorities which will culminate in a municipal forum.
Líder del proyecto: Celia Vega, 28
Celia Vega, of Fundación para el Desarrollo Comunitario (FUNDECOM) will lead the project, “Empowered, I Exercise my Rights to Live Free of Violence.” The project will involve 60 mothers and adolescents from marginalized neighborhoods in emotional recovery and healing. They will also provide training to the mothers and adolescents on financial literacy and identifying economic and entrepreneurial opportunities. The organization will also develop an advocacy and communication campaign around preventing early unions.
Líder del proyecto: Martha Amador, 28
Martha Amador, 28, of Fundación Mujer y Desarrollo Económico Comunitario (FUMDEC) will lead the project, “In Action for Girls and Adolescents” which will carry out trainings for 100 girls and adolescents, as well as their parents and municipal leaders to prevent early unions. Additionally, they will develop and execute a communication campaign focused on preventing early unions at the municipal level.