A Fellow’s Experience: Consultation to Reduce Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean

by Elmer Cornejo In December, I had the opportunity to travel to Trinidad and Tobago together with Stephen Diaz of the GOJoven Belize Alumni Association and Amber Pitts of the Department of Youth Service to participate in the High Level Consultation to reduce adolescent pregnancy in the Caribbean Region. All of my expenses were covered by the […]

Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy

According to The United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) 2013 State of the World Population report, 20,000 girls under the age of 18 give birth every day. Of these births, 95 per cent occur among adolescents in developing countries. Annually, an estimated 70,000 adolescents die from complications from pregnancy and childbirth. The report, aimed to help people […]

Nancy Leiva

Nancy Leiva is a vibrant youth leader in Corozal District, who was 26 years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in English from theUniversity of Belize, and a Masters degree in Social Sciences applied to Regional Studies with a specialization in Gender Violence at the University of Quintana […]

Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Belize: Reaching Youth Through Edutainment

Adolescents and youth in Belize face a myriad of challenges to their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and wellbeing, which disproportionately affect those in the hardest to reach communities. Belize has faced an increasing adolescent birth rate in recent years, in addition to having the highest HIV incidence in Latin America and a high rate […]

Elisa Castellanos, GOJoven Fellow, Belize 2005

Coming from a family with strong cultural values about reproductive health, Elisa was faced with the challenge of an early pregnancy and limited options. She describes in her story the pain of having a back-alley abortion and its impact on her fertility.

Roberto Morales, GOJoven Fellow, Guatemala 2005

Roberto and his wife, both Mayans from rural Guatemala, lost a baby when they were in their teens, due to the lack of reproductive health education or adequate prenatal care in their community.Roberto talks in his story about their youthful romance and their grief; his moving story points to the need for information and services […]

Blanca Ketzal’í Sipac Patal

Blanca is 22 years old and is part of the Mayan Kaqchikel ethnic group from the municipality of Patzún, Chimaltenango. She is a a Clinical Psychology student and has attended various sexual health and rights events, including the advocacy camp for Policy and Reproductive Rights and Sexual Rights and the Peaceful Unions Forum. She is […]