Chiapas is a one of the three states of Mexico with the highest rate of economic marginalization and lowest human develoment, to the born in this state as a woman and specially as an indigenous woman means that from an early age they have to participate in house chores that prepare them for their future roles as mother and housewives, this situation greatly limits their possibilities to access education which has a direct impact on the high rates of adolescent pregnancy and teenage marriage. In most cases these issues are caused by negative cultural practices such as the sale of girls for arranged and forced marriages, the normalization of sexual abuse an gender inequality. Chiapas customs and habits have a great influence on women life decisions like family planning, most women form families at a very early age because in many communities practices such as arranged and force marriage still persist, practices that are a clear manifestation of gender-based violence.
But history is changing, young women as Magally Hernández have decided to break gender stereotypes and defend their right to education. Since high school Magally has seen how each new school year less women returned to school, in most cases due to teenage marriage or pregnancy. Magally found in Ch’ieltik tje impulse and suport to finish her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, now she is part of Ch’ieltik and works to motivate more young women to take active participation in their academic and life decisions. At Ch’ieltik we work to promote gender equality through education by trying to decrease the dropout rate of young girls and adolescents so they can continue their studies, postpone marriage and pregnancy and improve their living conditions. We also get men an the whole community involved in these educational activities that promote gender equality between men and women.
With your donation, you will help more than 100 adolescent and young indigenous women to participate in educational and training programs that help strengthen their decision to stay in school, reaffirm their decision to complete their secondary and higher education and in some cases to enter university. Throughout and school year, they will acquire skills to communicate and defend their interests and decisions within their families and communities, to open up spaces for participation where they can freely speak up without fear of gender-based violence, places that allow them to discuss topics that greatly affect their lives such as teenage marriage, gender inequality and teenage pregnancies.
In IDEAS Ch’ieltik we are group of young native Mexican people of the Chiapas state in México, for 10 years we have worked with our communities to eradicate gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy and the vicious circles of school dropout and peverty so the new generations can be part of the Good Living (Buen Vivir) of our communities. We have been awarded with the Ibero-American Youth Prize 2018, the 2nd place of the 2017 Vidanta Prize and a Special Mention of the Human Rights Prize of the French Republic.
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