- 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
- 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.
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
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
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 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.
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.