In Guatemala, gender equality is only a distant dream. In order to improve the economic situation of women in the Alta Verapaz region in the middle of the country, the Empodera project is facilitating access for young women to professional training. With training, they have an easier time finding an adequately paid job.
At the same time, the training sensitises these young women to their rights. A year ago, the idea that responsible sexuality must be addressed was a societal taboo. But now, among other things, the project team is coordinating a platform together with the Ministry of Health along with other public institutions and international organisations. As part of this collaboration, a prevention campaign was brought to life that advocates for free and informed decision-making. It came at just the right time: during the pandemic, the severe situation of the young women was exacerbated. It is now all the more important than ever to prevent teenage pregnancy.
Our partner organisations in local communities offer psychological support and social counselling, while also implementing sensitisation events on this topic. The campaign has continued intensively over the past few months through social media platforms, WhatsApp, and even the radio.
The Empodera project is financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and implemented by Swisscontact.