Provide Indigenous girls and young women with the tools to demand their rights and political participation.
Governments should strengthen participation structures for indigenous youth, especially girls and young women.
Your impact matters.
Your funds help 1,000 youths aged 14 to 18 in Guatemala and 1,080 youths and young adults aged 14 to 21 in Peru currently participating in our project activities. We also support 300 indigenous youth and young adults in nine Latin American countries as part of the regional project.
Within the project, your contributions help to educate community representatives about gender equality and girls' empowerment, provides training materials for participants of our Leadership School and covers the cost of training for leaders who conduct workshops on girl empowerment.
"My biggest wish is that all girls could be in my position and get the support that I have received: That they would know their rights, be able to defend themselves and be able to do what they want. Politicians don't decide our future. We are the ones who decide what we want to do later."
Mayra belongs to the indigenous Q'eqchi ethnic group, which faces discrimination in her home country of Guatemala. At the age of 12, she joined a children's club of Plan International and learned about her rights. Today, the 22-year-old is a successful activist and wants to study law.
Why Latin America?
Latin America is considered to be one of the regions with the greatest inequalities in the world.
Indigenous girls and young women in particular are often discriminated against because of their age, gender or membership of an indigenous population. Unfortunately, they can hardly voice their concerns to local authorities or governments because there is a lack of appropriate participation structures. They lack the opportunity to draw attention to grievances, such as the lack of access to education, poor job prospects, sexual violence or child marriage, so that these issues can be addressed together.
With this project, we empower indigenous girls and young women to stand up for their rights. They learn to exert influence so that political decision-makers change the framework and give them the opportunity to participate in public decision-making processes.
To achieve this goal, we cooperate with local and international partners who are particularly
involved in the rights of indigenous young women. In Guatemala, at the local level, these are the youth movement MOJOMAYAS and the indigenous widows' and women's association CONAVIGUA. In Peru, we are working with the Indigenous Women's organization in Chumbivilcas Province and the Center for Indigenous Cultures CHIRAPAQ. Our international partners are the continental network of indigenous women ECMIA and its Commission for Childhood and Adolescence.
In Guatemala, 1,000 young people between the ages of 14 to 18 years and in Peru 1,080 young adults aged 14 to 21 are taking part in the project activities. In addition, as part of the project, we are also supporting 300 indigenous youths and young adults in nine Latin American countries.