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.
Irma 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: Valeria Vásquez Vásquez, 25
Valeria Vásquez 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.
Ricardo, Yeudiel and Luis 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.