Latin American and Caribbean Youth in Action
In last week's blog series on the Voices project, we told you to stories from our partners throughout Latin America who are advocating for youth sexual and reproductive health and rights. The impact of their work is clear: In the Dominican Republic, Profamilia is working with the government to develop and implement a new policy and plan to reduce teenage pregnancy. In Mexico, Mexfam and their allies secured a monumental victory: for first time in Mexico’s history, the government earmarked 300 million pesos (USD $23.4 million) between 2011 and 2012 for adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
“In many cases, decision-makers knew nothing about the situation of young people—they believed young people didn’t have any problems,” recounts Bolivian youth advocate Rodolfo Palermo. “I met with the authorities and demanded solutions for young people’s health problems. They started to listen to us and saw that we had well-grounded arguments. They started taking us seriously, and then things changed.”
Check out the rest of the stories in the series here and take a look at photos of Latin American and Caribbean youth in action below.