Plan International has been working in Guatemala for the last 41 years making visible the issues that most affect locals youths, especially girls and young women, supporting efforts to diminish poverty and advocating for the compliance of human rights in support of Guatemala's youngest population
To achieve these goals, Plan International Guatemala works in conjunction with Civil Society, Local and Regional Governmental Institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations and, of course, the very girls and female adolescents who must consider themselves a priority -facilitating efforts to develop their potential and generate advocacy, in public and private spaces where gender equality is most lacking.
We are currently working in over 608 rural communities in 5 Guatemalan Departments: Jalapa, Quiché, Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz and Escuintla. Our programmes have improved the lives of over 91,000 children and young people.
Our priorities include:
- Supporting youths in their access to quality Education and completing an inclusive and comprehensive Secondary Education. A goal that is doubly important since only 1 out of 8 indigineous girls in Guatemala complete Primary School studies.
- Protecting girls from all forms of violence, implementing sexual and reproductive health programmes and supporting the National Youth Protection System. From January to June 2018, 1,140 pregnancies were registered among Guatemalan girls under the age of 14, due to sexual violence.
- Developing skills among young girls and female adolescents, so that they can have access to well paying jobs or start their own businesses. Of the 200,000 young people who graduate in the country, only 20% enter the labor market.
Historic fourth child marriage ban in Latin America
Guatemala has joined Honduras, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic in enforcing an outright ban on child marriage, a huge step forward for girls’ rights in the region.
No more girl brides in Guatemala
After 3 years of campaigning, girls in Guatemala finally have legal protection from becoming child brides, blogs Plan International’s Débora Cóbar.