In rural Guatemala, only 1 in 3 women have access to family planning services. CAI is partnering with organizations in the largely indigenous Western Highlands region to amplify outreach efforts with innovative, creative strategies and train women as effective advocates for their own health and human rights.
Health equality can only be a reality when girls and women have the means to make healthy decisions. Guatemala has the highest birth and maternal fatality rates in Central America - and teenage pregnancy is on the rise. Local organizations are challenged by limited resources and a lack of training to shift mindsets or organize collectively.
Gaining access to services is a critical first step, but the knowledge, skills and tools to effectively advocate for health rights is the foundation for lasting change. This project builds the leadership of indigenous women and girls in Guatemala to advocate for their sexual and reproductive health rights and equips organizations with creative, innovative outreach strategies.
These efforts build a lasting grassroots movement through more effective outreach, cultural and behavioral shifts and the multiplying effect of the "train-the-trainer" model. Deep leadership training, skill-building clinics and creative social actions in the field will directly result in more girls and women taking charge of their lives and our partners will see greater success in gaining equal health rights on a national scale.