Education for 250 working children in Chiapas

by Melel Xojobal A.C.
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Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas
Education for 250 working children in Chiapas

Project Report | Aug 16, 2016
Empowering girls and adolescents lives

By Susana Donaire | Project Leader

Abigail representing Melel in Mexico city
Abigail representing Melel in Mexico city

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

We are excited to tell you about the achievements and next steps in our education program for indigenous girls and adolescents.

The project that you support is for both boys and girls, but in the past four years, we´ve been complementing our educational program with gender-specific activities in order to empower girls and reduce risks of dropout such as early marriage, pregnancy, gender discrimination, gender violence and sexual abuse. These, among other risk factors, are common in Chiapas, especially for indigenous girls.

These complementary projects have been developed together with the With and For Girls Collective and The National Women’s Institute of Mexico; and the main goal is to promote the full recognition and exercise of the rights of 120 girls and adolescents from marginalized areas of San Cristobal de Las Casas, to contribute in the construction of their citizenship.

Our strategy:

  1.  Educate girls and adolescents about their rights.
  2. Promote the consolidation of girls’ and adolescents’ networks.
  3. Develop actions to promote gender training with young men, in order to increase their participation in the construction of a more gender-equal society between men and women.
  4. Promoting girl’s and adolescent’s rights through a local media campaign.

Why does this matter to our project?

Because girls and adolescents in Chiapas have a higher risk of non-attendance or dropping out of school because the belief that their education is less important compared to their brothers still prevails. If a family has to choose who to send to school, 80% still opt to send male children.

Believe it or not, in Chiapas we still have a serious issue with “girl brides”. Cultural practices within communities still allow for the selling of girls to older men to get married. Our pregnancy rate for girl’s age 10 to 17 is 70 per 100 thousand. Apart from the obvious physical risks of maternity at such a young age, pregnancy in young girls and adolescents damages their life project and keeps them in the same cycle of poverty as their mothers.

So this is why a focused girls and adolescents strategy is needed to achieve our main goal of a better education and better life opportunities for everyone.

The impact that we are having is:

Girls and adolescents know their fundamental rights and the mechanisms to exercise them. The have access to information allowing them to have a wider vision for their life project and increase their capacity to decide about and influence it. Also, we help them to prioritize their goals in the short, medium and long term, seeking to prevent and reduce unwanted pregnancies and early marriages and increase enrolment rates so they can achieve a better social and economic future.

Also, they are already able to build individual and group strategies to defend their rights, strengthen their social network, work with women´s support groups and participate in the decision making.

As a GlobalGiving Donor YOU are part of this and we want to thank you for it!

Best wishes,

Media interview
Media interview
Media training
Media training
Press conference led by girls and adolescents
Press conference led by girls and adolescents
Life project workshop
Life project workshop
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May 19, 2016
February to May update

By Susana Donaire | Project Leader

Feb 18, 2016
2015 project results

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Melel Xojobal A.C.

Location: San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas - Mexico
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Twitter: @melelxojobal
Project Leader:
Ayelén Amigo
San Cristobal de Las Casas , Chiapas Mexico
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