Equality for Women and Girls

Equality for Women and Girls

Champion for family planning Ann Mitu in the doorway of a shop of Kangemi, Nairobi, on June 27, 2016

Right now, the largest generation of young people in history is in or approaching their reproductive years. Youth need information about their bodies and rights, as well as tools and support to make the decisions best for themselves and their circumstances.

The Youth Investment, Engagement, and Leadership Development (YIELD) Project report, Young People Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health: Toward a New Normal, finds that making this happen will require young people’s participation and leadership at every level in youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) initiatives—from ideation to implementation…. Read More »

Holistic Education for Youth (HEY!) is a school-based intervention that seeks to prevent child marriage in rural areas of Honduras. Initially known as Addressing Child Marriage through Holistic Education (ACMHE), the program partners with Bayan (a Honduras non-governmental organization) and SAT (a secondary education system  in rural areas of Honduras) in utilizing design-based research to design,… Read More »

The Central America and Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund) is a multi-donor initiative that supports projects in Central America and Mexico that are led by youth, for the benefit of youth in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Launched in 2014 by the Seattle International Foundation with support from Summit, the CAMY Fund is guided by a vision of a world where diverse youth are able to fully exercise their human rights and live in just, peaceful, prosperous, and joyful communities…. Read More »

In 2004, the Public Health Institute (PHI), launched an experiment alongside local partners in Mesoamerica: a novel program focused on youth leadership to expand sexual and reproductive health and rights. Known as GOJoven, its mission is to develop and support young leaders and their organizations to advance health, particularly sexual and reproductive health, education, sustainable development and civic participation. PHI and local collaborators implemented GOJoven in four countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico, training over 400 young leaders through 2019…. Read More »

This article examines intersections between schooling, child marriage, and adolescent pregnancy in a longitudinal, mixed-methods study of Honduran girls. It explores (a) girls’ enrollment and dropout of school patterns and how these relate to timing of marriage and/or childbirth, (b) the factors associated with dropout, early marriage, and/or early childbearing, and (c) reenrollment patterns after marriage/childbirth…. Read More »

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Abriendo Oportunidades Strengthens Government Education Programming for Indigenous Girls in Guatemala  For over 15 years, Abriendo Oportunidades has partnered with national and local authorities to improve educational prospects for indigenous girls. In Guatemala, evidence and ongoing technical assistance have helped strengthen and expand the Ministry of Education’s alternative education programs for adolescents, ensuring they are… Read More »

In Guatemala, 1,500 underage girls are married every day. Mayra Maquin Pop was one of them. Because of her forced marriage, she could not graduate from school, and was constantly denied opportunities. But she stood up and got help from FUNDAECO. Now that’s she’s free, she is helping educate the next generation about their fundamental… Read More »

Guatemala has an epidemic of underage pregnancy so severe that a quarter of all children are born to adolescent mothers. With this comes lack of education, economic limitation, and abuse. The solution lies with education and with GoJoven, an organization advocating for adolescent reproductive health. They use grassroots organizing to advocate for changes to Guatemala’s… Read More »

For Damaris Lopez, going to school was the worst part of her day. A shy girl by nature, she was relentlessly bullied and eventually dropped out. She’s not alone – over two million in Guatemala do not attend school, mostly girls. Thankfully, COINCIDIR is there, an organization that works locally to empower young girls and… Read More »

We are calling on funders of all types and sizes – foundations, governments and others – to stand with adolescent girls and young women during and after this global pandemic. Visit the Joint Statement and Recommendations created by the Child, Early & Forced Marriage and Unions and Sexuality Working Group, and Partners. The global pandemic… Read More »