- Bonifacia Cocom TambrizBony was working at the K’ak’a Naój Association for Women's Development promoting women's integral development in the Department of Sololá when she became a Fellow. This young indigenous leader has had different roles defending women, including teaching adult literacy, as an election monitor in pub...
We at GOJoven are sad to share the news of the death of our treasured alumni fellow, colleague, and friend Octaciano (Chano) Banegas Galeas. Chano passed away on June 30, 2018 in Texas, as he journeyed from Honduras in search of a better life for himself and his family. To learn more about Chano’s story, read our blog post here.
In order to help Chano’s family with the high cost of returning his body home to Honduras, we have started this GoFundMe campaign and would appreciate any and all donations. The money raised will help Chano’s family pay off the bank debt they incurred to bring Chano home and pay him homage, as well as help his wife and four-year-old son to cover basic expenses as they recover from their loss.
Our hearts go out to Chano and his family. Thank you very much, on behalf of Chano’s family and community, for your contribution.
With support from the World Bank and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), ZonaSegura is a trauma-informed youth-centered innovative mobile solution to address teen dating violence in Honduras. Led by YTH, in partnership with GOJoven Honduras and the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) GOJoven International Program, this project aims to prevent teen dating violence (TDV) through provision of prevention information, healthy relationship education, and geo-location linkage to TDV services and resources. ZonaSegura leverages the high rates of mobile phone usage among young women and girls (YWG) and men and boys (YMB) ages 14-19 in Honduras to assist them in overcoming individual and structural barriers to accessing rights-based and gender-sensitive TDV prevention information and services.
Read more about this new award and GOJoven’s work with its partners and funders in our recent blog post here!
Radio has the power to disseminate information to even the remotest locales, making it an excellent medium for providing young people the information they need to understand and protect their sexual and reproductive health.
Just this month, fellows of GOJoven, in partnership with nonprofit organization Inspira Cambio, offered comprehensive training to more than a dozen local youth radio broadcasters, and members of an adolescent boys collective called JXiibal, in order to equip them with the basic skills they need to talk about and deal with issues related to sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention, discrimination, and sexism.
The training was coordinated by GOJoven fellows Rodolfo Moo Chi of the Commission for the Development of Indigenous people, and Silvia Muñoz of Inspira Cambio. Carlos Can Estrella, also a fellow of GOJoven, trained participants on leadership, teamwork, and HIV prevention, and Nicté Chablé Berlin, of GOJoven, gave a training on sexist language in the media.
Following the trainings, attendees took a test to assess their ability to communicate, coordinate and lead. After they finished the test they had the opportunity to talk about what they had discovered through the workshops.
In addition to empowering attendees with important information regarding how they could protect their sexual and reproductive health, the training created a small network where participants will be able to exchange information and link with other organizations for future collaboration.
For more information on the work of GOJoven fellows to create positive change in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) programs, policies, and services in Mexico and Central America through education and advocacy, subscribe to receive our monthly email updates and Like us on Facebook.
Danessa Luna, the founder of Asociación Generando in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, shared her work on empowering and teaching adolescent girls to defend their human rights with the Public Health Institute (PHI). Danessa’s NGO provides comprehensive services to women who have experienced or are at risk for sexual violence, including legal support, psychological and medical care, social support and temporary shelter to women who are victims of violence. Another facet of the organization’s work focuses on educating women and girls about their health, sexual and reproductive rights, violence and fostering new leadership in young women. Danessa has a long history of collaborating with PHI. She graduated from GOJoven’s Training of Trainers and continues to be a key trainer for the GOJoven program in the areas of gender, violence prevention and sexual and reproductive rights. In 2011, Danessa was selected as an Fellow of the Adolescent Girls Advocacy and Leadership Program (AGALI), and for the past two years, the AGALI program has funded Asociación Generando to establish one of the only women’s shelters in Guatemala and also to provide girl-centered services at the shelter for adolescent girls seeking refuge from violent situations at home.
Asociación Generando also advocates with the Guatemalan government to implement the law against femicide, which is an increasing problem in Guatemala. On April 9, 2008, Guatemala passed the Ley contra el Femicidio y otras Formas de Violencia contra la Mujer [Law Against Femicide and Other Forms of Violence Against Women or “Femicide Law”] and although the passage of this law is considered very positive on a symbolic level, Danessa shared with us that impunity for these crimes continues and that the number of femicides continues to rise year after year.
A graduate in Sociology at San Carlos University in Guatemala, Danessa is currently a Fellow of the International Fellowship Program (iLEAP) inSeattlefunded by the Seattle Foundation, where she joins a network of change leaders that are committed to building strong global partnerships for social change.
Lo que se pretende con el encuentro es formar a los jóvenes para convertirse en agentes multiplicadores del mensaje entre la población de 18 y 30 años. Al final de las capacitaciones reciben un fondo económico para que realicen sus propias jornadas formativas. Leer más
Dorita Lisbey was born in Benque Viejo and became a GOJoven Belize Fellow when she was 29 years old. While living in the U.S., this youth leader attained her CNA certificate and worked as a nursing assistant for four years while also volunteering with a girl’s dance troupe. She also has experience working as a volunteer nursing assistant at the Mopan Health Clinic in Benque Viejo. Dorita wants to continue her work as a nurse in order to promote sexual and reproductive health in Benque.
Carmita Lemus was 27 when she became a GOJoven fellow. This dedicated leader started volunteering at age 15 with Youth for the Future and National Aids Commission. Carmita has worked with the Cornerstone Foundation as Program Manager, and as an Educator at Belize Family Life Association in their behavior change program. Carmita acquired a Counseling Diploma at the University of West Indies and has completed several trainings in sexual and reproductive health (SRH), HIV & AIDS, Disaster Preparedness, First Aid, and Psychosocial support. She advocates for positive changes in her community and has received awards for being a young advocate for people living and affected with HIV & AIDS.
George Andrew Arthurs, commonly known as “Andrew,” was 23 years old when he became a GOJoven Belize Fellow. His calling lies in working with youth and contributing to the national response to HIV in Belize. He has served C-NET+, an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of PLHIV, as its Project Coordinator and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and he actively participates as a member of the National AIDS Commission/CCM Belmopan Committee. Andrew is a founding member of “Belize Youth Empowerment for Change” (BYEC) and serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors. Ultimately, he hopes to create a union of empowered and progressive youth in Belize.