Empower Women & Girls of Guatemala

by Creative Action Institute
Empower Women & Girls of Guatemala
Empower Women & Girls of Guatemala
Empower Women & Girls of Guatemala
Empower Women & Girls of Guatemala
Empower Women & Girls of Guatemala
Empower Women & Girls of Guatemala
Empower Women & Girls of Guatemala
Empower Women & Girls of Guatemala
Empower Women & Girls of Guatemala
Empower Women & Girls of Guatemala
  • Leadership, Empowerment and Advocacy Program (LEAP) Guatemala: Phase I Results Overview


Project Description and Activities

Creative Action Institute is committed to empowering girls and women, combatting gender-based violence, and improving access to sexual and reproductive health around the world. In support of this commitment, CAI trains cohorts of leaders in creative leadership and accompanies organizations as they employ creative advocacy tools. This year, CAI supported six organizations in Guatemala that work on a range of sexual and reproductive health issues in Guatemala.


Participating organizations included:

-        Asociación Tan Uxil

-        Go Joven

-        Let Girls Lead

-        Tula Salud

-        FUNDAECO

-        Women’s Justice Initiative


CAI’s regional coordinator implemented five skill-building clinics and creative advocacy projects.



Asociación Tan Uxil

Cruce Dos Aguados, Guatemala

After a one-day clinic, youth developed a mural about the potential girls have and the impact of teenage pregnancy. In this remote area of Guatemala, many girls are not allowed to participate in activities. As a result TAN UXIL frequently works with young men as allies and they transmit information and distribute contraceptives.



Izabal, Guatemala

This five-day project included skill-building clinics and the development of two creative advocacy tools.  The first was a Giant Story Book that focused on stopping gender-based violence, encouraging women to break the silence. The second project was a mural for International Day of the Girl. During the final day, FUNDAECO’s staff presented the book and the mural to 50 students. The giant story book will be traveling around the different branches of FUNDAECO.



Let Girls Lead and Tula Salud

Jalapa, Guatemala

These two organizations came together for an introductory skill-building clinic and participated in the co-creation of two projects that celebrated a new law in Guatemala that prevents child marriage. Participating girls created a mural that on the Let Girls Lead office. They also did a public installation, tying ribbons to a tree in the town square that expressed their hope for themselves or their community.


Women’s Justice Initiative

Paztun, Guatemala

Following a one-day skill-building clinic, staff of Women’s Justice Initiative interviewed each other and created portraits which will be displayed in their office. This activity helped them think about the important roles they play at work, home, and their community and articulate what they love about advancing women’s rights.

Go Joven

Chimaltenango, Guatemala

Go Joven also chose to create interview portraits. This was preceded by the group creating one minute portraits of each other. In addition to warming up for creating the interview portraits, it deepened relationships among participants: maintaining eye contact with someone for a minute makes you really see the other person.



Staff at the following organizations as well as youth they work with participated with a total direct reach of 82 people:

-        32 girls (24 years and younger)

-        12 boys (24 years and younger)

-        33 women (25 and older)

-        5 men (25 and older)    


Additionally, the participating organizations report that they anticipate that the community art projects will reach at least another 4,000 people.


Next Steps

Participating organizations all expressed their enthusiasm for continuing to work with CAI. The next phase of this project will include creative leadership training. We continue to seek additional funding for Phase II of this project. As institutional funders continue to reduce their investment in Central America, this project was driven by individual donor support.

“This is a methodology that allows the participants to be active collaborators of the activities proposed by CAI. Sometimes we think we already know all about our work but these activities make us reflect and give us the opportunity to express ourselves and contribute our ideas and knowledge.” - Xiomara de la Cruz - FUNDAECO

As part of this project, which focuses on increasing the creative skills and amplifying the voice of Guatemalan organizations working to advance sexual and reproductive health and combat gender-based violence, Creative Action Institute (CAI) implemented two skill building clinics and two community art projects in partnership with FUNDAECO and TANUX’IL in Guatemala. Each clinic was a day long and gave staff, as wells as boys and girls who are served by the organizations, the opportunity to gain new tools to creatively analyze problems, identify solutions, and collaborate. The clinics were followed three days of community art projects to amplify the work each organization and practice the skills they had gained in the clinic.  

CAI worked with FUNDAECO to create a Giant Story Book as their community art project. The participants came up with a character “Ana,” an indigenous girl. Using Ana, the women used the story to address challenges around education, health, civil registry-identity, family and more. On the final day FUNDAECO’s staff presented the book and accompanying mural to a group of 50 students and both groups shared stories, personal experiences and actions to change problems of access. The giant story book will be traveling around to the different branches of FUNDAECO to share with local communities throughout Guatemala.

CAI worked with TANUX’IL to create a mural on the side of a health center in the village of Cruce Dos Aguadas. The mural expressed the importance of preventing pregnancies, respecting women and girls and ending gender based violence. The location for the mural was selected strategically: many young women, girls and families come to the center, so it is an ideal location to spread ideas.

CAI is working with four additional Guatemalan organizations that advance sexual and reproductive health and combat gender-based violence this year. Building on the success of this first phase of this project and enthusiasm from partners, CAI hopes to expand the scope of the project in a second phase that will transfer additional creative skills and deploy more community art projects. 


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Organization Information

Creative Action Institute

Location: Ipswich, MA - USA
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Creative Action Institute
Julia DOrazio
Project Leader:
Julia DOrazio
Communications & Development Manager
Ipswich, MA United States

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