Project Leader: Thandiwe Diego, 17
Thandiwe will coordinate the POWA’s project to provide leadership training and information about sexual and reproductive health and rights to 25 adolescent girls. These girls will then participate in the design and implementation of an advocacy and communication campaign with the objective of strengthening access to and affordability of schools for girls in the Stann Creek District.
Project leader: Tasha Nicole Petillo, 32
Plenty Internacional Belize Ltd. carried out their Project in Punta Gorda, Toledo where they trained young women in personal empowerment and sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Through a collaboration with the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA), they offered 37 youth-friendly services to these young women.
Project Leader: Elmer Cornejo, 24
GOBelize trained 15 youth leaders in advocacy on comprehensive sexuality education. GOBelize also developed a report on the status of comprehensive sexuality in high schools, which was used in youth advocacy and to develop a media campaign.
Project leader: Sara García, 30
Sara García led Agrupación Ciudadana por el Aborto Terapéutico, Ético y Eugenésico’s project in training members of the Alianza para la Salud y Vida de las mujeres wich implemented 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 led the Jóvenes Voceras y Voceros por los Derechos Sexuales y los Derechos Reproductivos project which focused on strengthening the organization’s capacity, and individual youth members’ skills to carry out activism and advocacy that generated support for favorable reproductive rights legislation and policy.
Project leader: Sara García, 30
Agrupación Ciudadana consolidated, together with other human rights organizations, the Alliance for Women’s Health and Lives. From this space they implemented an advocacy strategy and a communication campaign in social and traditional media with the objective of raising awareness about reproductive rights among the population.
Project leader: Alina Menjivar, 31
Asociación Colectiva de Mujeres por el Desarrollo Local increased sexual and reproductive health information for women and girls in five regions of the country through workshops and a social communication strategy.
Project leader: Noel de Jesus Gonzalez Mendoza, 28
Jóvenes Voceras y Voceros por los Derechos Sexuales y los Derechos Reproductivos strengthened the knowledge and advocacy skills around sexual and reproductive rights of 25 of their members. Likewise, they coordinated public demonstrations and other outreach activities among young people with the goal of increasing support for sexual and reproductive rights.
Project leader: Joel Alexander Barrera Granados, 29
Red Nacional de Adolescentes y Jóvenes Positivos trained 29 health professionals with the objective of improving youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services in three health centers. They established agreements with the directors of the three health centers for the adoption of the recommendations that arose from service monitoring as well as a commitment to future collaborations.
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
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, 25 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.
Project Leader: Angela Rovelo, 21
Angela Rovelo led the Asociación GOJoven Honduras‘s project, which aimed to generate support among municipal public authorities for the legalization of the emergency contraceptive pill and to participate in advocacy with the ministries of health and education nationwide.
Project Leader: Grecia Lozano, 22
Grecia led the Centro de Derechos de Mujeres’s project, which strengthened the Somos Muchas Platform to implement a comprehensive communication and advocacy strategy that generates support for laws and a favorable policy for reproductive rights.
Project leader: Sara Avilez Tomé, 30
Sara Avilez Tomé and Rebeca Lilian Funes co-led Centro de Estudios de la Mujer – Honduras’ project which sought 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
Claudia Pavon led Organization for Youth Empowerment’s project, which aimed to institutionalize the national curriculum, the comprehensive sexual education of the Honduran government in the Basic Education Centers in Progress, Yoro.
Project Leader: Jossue Humberto Villanueva Linares, 29
ASONOG increased by 24% the youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services provided to young people in two health centers. Likewise, they increased the knowledge and abilities to provide such services among 37 health professionals, as well as increasing the activities carried out by the two health centers in favor of young people’s sexual and reproductive health.
Project leader: Angela Rovelo, 19
GOJoven Honduras increased youth activism in favor of the legalization of Emergency Contraception (EC) in 7 states. They also increased support for EC among local authorities in the same 7 states. They elevated the debate on EC in the public agenda with a high-level forum and the campaign, #SoloOcupamosUnaFirma.
Project Leader: Grecia Lozano, 22
Centro de Derechos de Mujeres organized, together with other feminist organizations, the We are Many Platform. From this space they have implemented a communication and advocacy campaign in favor of reproductive rights.
Project leader: Sara Avilez Tomé, 30
Centro de Estudios de la Mujer – Honduras strengthened technical and political skills around sexual and reproductive rights of 56 young women between 14 and 25 years of age from four marginalized neighborhoods in Tegucigalpa. Together with these young women they developed the campaign, “I Decide to Decide” with the goal of increasing public opinion for reproductive rights. The campaign was disseminated in traditional media and social networks.
El Grupo Estratégico PAE organized a national youth meeting to promote and defend Emergency Contraception in Honduras. As part of the meeting, they held a press conference where young people demanded the elimination of Ministerial Declaration 2744 that prohibited EC.
Project leader: Xiomara García, 29
Asociación GOJoven Honduras worked in the state of Gracias a Dios to train 300 adolescents and 100 parents on issues of sexual and reproductive health, with an emphasis on the prevention of teenage pregnancy. They produced bilingual outreach materials and radio spots on the same topic as well as organized a municipal fair.
Project leader: Fabiola Oro, 23
Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE) provided workshops on Comprehensive Sexuality Education to over 400 students in five Basic Education Centers in El Progreso. Likewise, they provided training on the topic to teachers from the same schools and, in collaboration with other organizations and public institutions, created the El Progreso Promoter Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health. OYE also carried out campaigns on teen pregnancy prevention and sexual and reproductive rights.
Projet Leader: Gabriela Flores, 31
GOJoven Honduras increased knowledge among youth leaders about emergency contraception as well as their advocacy on its behalf. Additionally, they supported collective advocacy efforts for the decriminalization of emergency contraception in Honduras, thereby increasing the number of supportive legislators. GOJoven Honduras also produced a video to reinforce these efforts.
Project Leader: Dunia Perdomo, 31
OYE trained both in- and out-of-school youth using an adapted version of the Honduran government’s comprehensive sexuality education curriculum. The training, together with other free-time activities, increased young people’s knowledge on the topics. Through this project, OYE helped to increase, from 0 to 2, the number of Basic Education Centers in El Progreso that offer comprehensive sexuality education.
Project leader: Mayra Zamaniego, 25
Elige: Red de Jóvenes por los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos identified and established work agreements with at least two organizations in the state of Quintana Roo, México. These agreements stipulated 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).
Project Leader: Antonio Ordoñez, 30
Red + Posithiva provided sexual and reproductive health and rights information to adolescent girls from seven highly-marginalized, mostly migrant communities surrounding the city of Cancun. They also offered youth-friendly services to more than 500 adolescents, through their mobile unit as well as referrals to stationary clinics offering youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.