- Santos Rene Fuentes LópezSantos Rene Fuentes López was 22-years old when he became a Fellow in 2010. This leader is from the community of Sabán in the Municipality of José María Morelos in Quintana Roo. Santos is an Engineer in agricultural systems of production, graduated from the Intercultural Mayan University of Quinta...
Database: Honduras News
Honduras — En Latinoamérica: Honduras sigue como el país de mayor embarazos en adolescentes (Spanish)
Read the full article here.
Published by Avances y Desafíos
Novemeber 13, 2013
Read the full article here.
GOJoven Honduras Launches a Youth Training Initiative to Eradicate Poverty, Violence, and Discrimination
One of the eight priorities that make up the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development states that children and adolescents should be guaranteed the opportunity to live their lives free of poverty, violence and any form of discrimination. This is of particular importance to the newly formed GOJoven Honduras Association, recently awarded a grant by the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) to develop and implement a training to empower youth to disseminate information on the Montevideo Consensus and monitor its implementation.
The Montevideo Consensus, adopted in August of 2013 by representatives (including six GOJoven Alumni) from 38 member countries who make up the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), contains more than 120 measures concerning eight priority areas developed in follow-up to the Programme of Action of the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994. The ICPD Programme of Action from 1994 endorsed a new strategy for addressing population growth and international development. The new strategy highlighted the links between population growth and human well-being (known as development) and focused on meeting the needs of individual men and women. Twenty years later, the international community is looking at what needs to be done post-2014 in order to continue this increasingly important work.
Now that the Montevideo Consensus has been adopted, and with ICPD post-2014 on the horizon, the participation of young people is critical to ensure that the priorities contained within are addressed and implemented in a way that takes into consideration the unique needs of children and adolescents. Only then, it is believed, will it be possible for children and adolescents to live free of poverty, violence and discrimination.
Based on their track record of successfully mobilizing youth and advocating on their behalf, GOJoven Honduras was recently selected by the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) to receive grant funding to develop and implement a training to empower youth to disseminate information on the Montevideo Consensus and monitor its implementation.
With this grant funding, GOJoven Honduras will train 15 fellows to better understand the elements included within the Consensus via virtual trainings, education materials, videos, and media briefings. These 15 youth, from different regions of Honduras, will act as leaders in their communities, tasked with disseminating important information to youth at the local level. GOJoven Honduras will also educate 25 NGOs and government organizations about the Montevideo Consensus and the next steps in the ICPD process in 2014.
Armed with information and ways to get involved, Honduran youth will be better equipped to ensure that their unique needs and challenges are incorporated into the implementation of policies and programs that aim to eradicate poverty, violence and discrimination.
To receive updates on the work of GOJoven Honduras related to the Montevideo Consensus, sign up for our newsletter below. To make a financial contribution to support the work of GOJoven Honduras, click here.
GOJoven Honduras fellows recently trained young leaders under the age of 24 in political advocacy. On July 18, 2013, the daily news magazine La Tribuna reported on the training process developed by the Advocacy Coalition for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Rights (a group formed by fellows of the AGALI program). The training covered topics including political advocacy, sexual and reproductive rights, monitoring and evaluation, and social inventory. Click on the photo to the left to read the article (in Spanish).
GOJoven Fellows Gain Audience with Honduran President, Push for Policies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Violence Against Women
This post originally appeared as a PHI Blog entry here.
Adolescents in Honduras face serious challenges obtaining comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and services. Almost 40% of girls are married by 18 and the birth rate among girls 15-19 is among the highest in Latin America.
The Public Health Institute’s GOJoven (or Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health) program trains young leaders across Latin America to advocate for policies and programs to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) in their countries. In Honduras, GOJoven fellows are mobilizing and raising their voices – and the Honduran President is listening.
Honduran President, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, came to know of GOJoven alumnus Wendy Aguilar, from the Center for the Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights, after she successfully advocated for a presidential mandate that would obligate cabinet members to follow specific guidelines to prevent violence against children and youth. To follow up on this new mandate, he called on Wendy to organize youth organizations and youth stakeholders to present their needs to him and his cabinet during a cabinet meeting in late 2012.
Enter GOJoven Honduras, a youth-led network of highly skilled, highly committed experts in ASRH, trained by PHI GOJoven staff to promote change at the local, regional and national levels. At the cabinet meeting GOJoven Honduras alumni Gabriela Flores, Antonio Barahona and Licda Alvarez urged the Honduran government to invest in preventing adolescent pregnancy and violence against women, and to support sexual education and young people’s access to emergency contraception.
As a result of the cabinet meeting, there has been ongoing communication between GOJoven Honduras and the Ministries of Health and Youth. Gabriela Flores (the GOJoven Honduras National Coordinator) has now been appointed to the national Technical Committee of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, which consists of 20 civil society organizations, corporations and government organizations committed to creating multisectoral alliances to push forward the Honduran National Strategy to Prevent Adolescent Pregnancy (ENAPREAH) launched in late 2012.
In coordination with the Advocacy Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, comprised of 13 Honduran organizations and founded by participants of PHI’s AGALI program, GOJoven Honduras is in negotiations with the Vice Minister of Education to fund and train teachers to implement the new sex education manual throughout Honduras. In May 2013, Gabriela Flores and other members of the Advocacy Coalition met with several NGO leaders and the educational director of a large high school in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, to negotiate the inclusion of a new sex education class in local teacher-training schools. The group also discussed the need to adequately train teachers who use the sex education manual in public schools.
Also in May 2013, Gabriela Flores met with the technical director of the Honduran government’s Youth Institute to discuss collaborative opportunities with the Youth Institute’s local committees across the country.
With GOJoven Honduras fellows and alumni active in nearly all of the country’s regions, the possibilities for far-reaching change are looking more and more attainable.
Yamileth Cáceres (Honduras 2012 Fellow) represented GOJoven at the Central American Youth Camp, “Making Alliances in Diversity,” implemented by Puntos de Encuentro, in Estelí, Nicaragua from January 20 to 31, 2013. The main objective of the camp was to create a space in which youth and adults of diverse identities and social movements of Nicaragua and Central America could create alliances oriented toward questioning and intervening against all forms of discrimination, mistreatment, abuse, and social exclusion. At the same time, the challenge for participants was to form relationships based on equality of rights, dialogue, respect, and solidarity. Yamileth said that attending the camp was a very good experience: “My plan is to change my lifestyle, to be more conscious of the social inequalities that we are part of, and carry this message to others so they can also unite with the cause toward a more equal society…Above all, I consider that the key to success is to never stop learning about all of the people around us.” Well said, Yami!
The Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (GOJoven) of the Public Health Institute held the second national meeting of 2012 from October 5-7 in Comayagua,Honduras. All of the GOJoven graduates from 2004-2012 were invited, with the 2012 team participating in an additional national training on October 3-4; in the end, 27 fellows attended the meeting.
Achievements: fellows who attended the national meeting were able to,
- identify opportunities for collaboration among different fellows in order to improve communication and strengthen the fellows’ network
- renew their commitment to the program
- identify new tools to advocate at the level of local governments and decision-makers
- share stories of personal and professional growth, and what it has meant for them to be a GOJoven Fellow
About impact results: the fellows discussed the importance of sustainability of the impact of the program for 2013 and 2014, the results of which discussion are,
- the creation of a structured coordinating scheme for the next six months
- the creation of a facilitating team in Tegucigalpa that will direct the sustainability process for the program
- the selection of a representative in each region through a nomination process
- the identification of “Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy” as an urgent issue the GOJoven Honduras team will be working on in the coming two years
- the creation of an action plan with results and activities for each region, which regional teams will be implementing in the next six months