- Matilde Cali JatzMatilde Cali Jatz's professional experience includes working for the Child Fund Guatemala as a consultant. She worked as a researcher investigating the implementation of jobs for youth in 4 municipalities in Chimaltenango. As a young indigenous leader she has had to overcome tremendous personal ch...
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For years this wasn’t the case. Growing up, Gladys faced racial discrimination from her own mother because of the color of her skin. “Dark girls like you can’t study,” her mother told her. In the short video below, Gladys shares how the discrimination impacted her self-esteem and the coping mechanisms she developed to deal with the pain.
At 19 years old, Gladys was selected to participate in the GOJoven youth leadership program. The GOJoven program, she recalls, is where she had the opportunity to meet other amazing young people, and begin to accept and love herself for who she is.
GOJoven is committed to promoting the health and well-being of young people. The GOJoven youth leadership training model promotes cultural, ethnic and sexual diversity and equality by training young leaders on the values of interculturalism, team-work and collaborative leadership, We teach the importance of self-respect and self-esteem in developing oneself as an effective leader and change agent to promote social justice.
For many youth throughout Central America and Mexico, GOJoven is the first place where they feel accepted no matter their sexual orientation, race, gender, or skin color. Now, graduated GOJoven Fellows are using the training model to promote diversity, promote acceptance and improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health in their communities.
Thousands of youth like Gladys face racial discrimination within their own families and in their communities. On International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we encourage you to stand against racial discrimination and intolerance.
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Fellows from GOJoven Mexico were among 700 youth who participated in the public launch of the network for sexual and reproductive health for young people in Quintana Roo. The launch coincided with the kickoff of the National Week of Adolescent Health.
“The network is intended to strengthen institutional strategies and programs in cooperation with civil society organizations and contribute to an increase in the supply of services for youth,” said Sandybel Robaldino, National Coordinator for GOJoven Mexico.
The launch event, promoted by the System for Integral Family Development, the Ministry of Health and the city of Benito Juarez, offered youth educational resources around health and well-being via 12 different booths, including one organized by GOJoven Mexico.
According to Robaldino, “The event was important to help strengthen the preventative and comprehensive sexual education resources available to youth, enabling them to make responsible and informed decisions about their sexual health.”
There are currently 20 million youth between 15 and 24 years old living in Mexico. Both the event and the network were born of the knowledge that youth make up a huge proportion of the population in Mexico and Central America and their health and well-being need to be at the forefront of plans for the future.
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