Plan International has been working in Guatemala for 40 years to support vulnerable children, especially girls, to fully exercise their rights.
In Guatemala, only 1 in 8 indigenous girls completes primary school. In addition, the high levels of sexual violence resulted in 1,140 girls under the age of 14 becoming pregnant in the first half of 2018. There is also a lack of jobs for young women with only 20% of graduates successfully entering the jobs market.
We work alongside civil society, government institutions, non-governmental organisations and girls themselves to ensure they can reach their potential and call for equality.
We currently work in over 600 rural communities in Jalapa, Quiché, Alta and Baja Verapaz and our programmes improve the lives of over 91,000 children and young people.
Our priorities include:
- Supporting children to access and complete an inclusive, quality, secondary education.
- Protecting girls from all forms of violence by implementing sexual and reproductive health programmes and supporting the national protection system.
- Developing the skills of young women so they can get good jobs or start their own businesses.
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.