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Empowering women and girls (Central America)

Our match-funded project will empower indigenous communities to claim their rights to sexual and reproductive health. Our partners will:

  • train traditional birth attendants to provide healthcare,
  • will ensure that contraceptive supplies are readily available.
  • will make sure women from indigenous communities are welcomed, not excluded.
  • will educate teachers, heads of families and pupils on family planning, HIV, pregnancy and sexual and gender based violence.

Through the project, an incredible 200,113 women of child-bearing age will be helped – and a further 566,955 in the target areas will indirectly benefit.

Update Autumn 2017

Yessenia’s story
Yessenia and her sonYessenia Esquivel lives in La Estanzuela, also in western Honduras. She’s a mother of an 11-year old daughter and a 6-year old son. Yessenia is a survivor of domestic violence from her husband for many years. Six years ago, she separated from him, after the violent intensity and frequency of his attacks increased. She’s been bringing up her family single-handedly ever since.

Her experiences, though harrowing and horrifying, impressed upon her the importance of family and community. Yessenia is now a recognised community leader, becoming vice-president of La Estanzuela’s health committee.

Our partner has been supporting Yessenia and the rest of the committee to deliver benefits to La Estanzuela, including lectures on family planning, instruction on how to use medication and contraception, and even community cleaning campaigns.