Our Voices are Stopping Violence!

by Amextra, Inc.
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!
Our Voices are Stopping Violence!

Summary

Our Voices are Stopping Violence. And yours? At Amextra, we will improve the lives of over 100 Tzeltal indigenous women and children in Chiapas, Mexico by reducing violence and overcoming shame and stigma. In this project, men and women will speak about shameful subjects like violence, underage marriage, and reproductive health through the narrative of the lives of story characters, whose experiences mirror their own.

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Challenge

Tzeltal adolescents and adults grow up in an environment full of violence and silence, where sexual and reproductive health is rarely discussed. It is common for the younger (mainly women) to be embarrassed and physically punished when they start their sexual or love life, generating problems such as arranged marriages, unplanned pregnancies, social stigma, and rape. Through this project, the families will be able to express their opinions and reduce violence and abuse from the root causes.

Solution

We will apply the Community Narrative Practice (CNP) methodology, developed by Dr. Kathleen Cash, in which, through the narration of real stories, Tzeltal families will generate dialogue and propose alternative endings, to build trust and compassion. Since 1986, Dr. Cash has implemented CNP programs to treat taboo issues in countries like Bangladesh, Nigeria, Haiti, and Uganda. Since 2018, we have collaborated with Dra. Cash to bring her model into Mexican indigenous communities.

Long-Term Impact

While Amextra has been working since 2014 with Tzeltal communities in Mexico, now we have reached a level of trust that allows us to discuss deeper issues. We have made 5 books with illustrated stories, titled "Bixi to Wotan", which is a Tzeltal greeting that means "Hows your heart?". Despite the difficulty in approaching stories with taboo themes (violence, sexuality), these materials were printed, and in March 2022, we trained 16 local promoters who will implement the CNP methodology.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

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Organization Information

Amextra, Inc.

Location: Aurora, IL - USA
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Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @AmextraOficial
Project Leader:
Stephanie Ahlgrain
Mexico City, Mexico City Mexico
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