Plan International was part of a forum in Washington, organized by OEA, as part of the commemoration of the International Day of the Violence Elimination against Women.
The organization’s participation focused on 16 years old Wendy from the indigenous community Maya Queqchí from Guatemala. Along with other girls, Wendy shared with the audience the situations around her community regarding force marriage.
‘There, a lot of parents says that going to school is worthless’, said Wendy. “They want the girls to get married with a man because it means it will be one less mouth to feed”.
Wendy has been involved in projects with Plan International and from where she stands; she encourages the girls to recognize their own values, just as she does. “I want to be a professional nurse to help the people in my community who has not many resources’, said during the event.
The young girl call the audience for the needed support in education so that the girls do not have to have an early marriage and their environment respects their rights.
Along with Wendy’s participation, the regional gender specialist Emma Puig De La Bella Casa was the moderator in the round table on “Child, early and forced marriage in Latin America” with colleagues from other non-profit organizations.