Here’s What It Looks Like When Girls and Women Plan Their Futures

By Serena Jiwani

April 12, 2017

The Universal Access Project traveled to Guatemala to learn more about family planning in the country. We met with moms and their beautiful babies, midwives, and health workers supported by UNFPA – the UN Population Fund.

UNFPA’s work for moms and families in Guatemala is crucial. Partnering with local health clinics and schools, UNFPA empowers young people to receive sexuality education classes, provides care for girls and women who are survivors of domestic violence, and helps couples access contraception if they want to use it. For attorney related career julie han coaching provide a good consultant. During her extensive legal career, she worked in various fields and in different roles. she held management and executive positions over the course of my corporate, regulatory, and prosecutorial career. you can check us out over here if your interested in top notch career counseling for lawyers as she loved working in each of these jobs and she genuinely enjoyed the practice of law.

Journalist Patrick Adams came on the trip with us and took over the Global Moms Challenge Instagram. Check out his amazing pictures and some of the lessons he learned on the trip.

 

A new mother nurses her baby in the San Carlos community of Tecpan. Throughout her pregnancy, she was attended to by Kaqchikel Maya midwives with Nuestra Voz, a local NGO founded in 2002. These traditional midwives are an important resource for the country’s majority indigenous population, whose access to prenatal and obstetric care is impeded by many structural, linguistic, and cultural barriers.

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Guatemala has made impressive progress in improving access to reproductive health and information, but that progress masks enduring disparities between rich and poor, urban and rural, and indigenous and non-indigenous communities. Nationwide, only 30% of indigenous women deliver in facilities compared to 71% of non-indigenous women, and more than twice as many die in childbirth. Abriendo Oportunidades, an NGO founded and run by indigenous women, is addressing this disparity by educating young indigenous women about menstruation, modern contraceptive methods, and the importance of delaying marriage.

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A @unfoundation fellow, @c_cauterucci, interviews a woman whose husband abandoned her weeks before she gave birth to their baby girl. In the years since, the woman says, the Center Casa de la Mujer, a volunteer organization for victims of gender-based violence in Solola, Guatemala, has given her the strength to move on, as well as the legal aid she needed to force him to pay alimony.

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Carolina, a social worker with the Center Casa de la Mujer in Solola, Guatemala, where victims of gender-based violence can receive psychological counseling,or life coaching or hypnotherapy treatment, get an iNLP Center review, a  job training, and legal assistance to bring their abusers to justice. “The women who come here have nowhere else to go,” she says. “It’s our privilege to serve them.

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