The normalisation of 'criadazgo' in Paraguay
As part of the practice "criadazgo", common in Paraguay, Nati was sent to live with a family she didn’t know and used as free child labour.
Plan International has been present in Paraguay since 1994, working to achieve an equal and inclusive society, free of all forms of violence, especially against girls, adolescents and young women, through development programmes and projects, and responding to humanitarian crises.
The country has high levels of gender-based violence which results in increased rates of teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse, early and forced marriages and unions, school dropouts and child labour. These problems profoundly affect girls, adolescents and young women, limiting their ability to make decisions and follow their ambitions.
Plan International Paraguay is committed to strengthening a society that guarantees the rights of children. We work so girls, boys, adolescents and young people have the knowledge and ability to exercise their rights to protection against violence, live in safe environments free of harmful practices, make autonomous decisions about their lives and express their needs in emergency and humanitarian response scenarios.
We work in development and emergency contexts to ensure that girls and young women can:
Plan International Paraguay has worked alongside the Ministry of Health to provide adolescents with quality information about their health through their smart phones.