The Abriendo Futuros (AF) program builds on the Council’s global experience of designing and implementing successful girl-centered programs in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean. AF aims to improve the living conditions of Mayan girls (10–18 years) and contribute to the achievement of gender equity in the Yucatan. The program’s community-focused strategy seeks to empower girls through interpersonal communication and participatory workshops. Girls in selected communities are divided into age groups (10–14 and 15–18) that meet weekly with a mentor in safe spaces. The program’s mentors are young women aged 20–30 from the communities, who have been recruited and trained to act as facilitators for the girls. In weekly two-hour workshops, girls learn about sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equity, prevention of gender-based violence, and financial education, among other topics. This brief describes Phase 1 of AF (successful two-year pilot) and Phase 2 (AF enhancement after program evaluation).
Romero, Fabiola, Ludivine Cicolella, Silvana Larrea, A. Fallone, and Isabel Vieitez Martínez. 2020. "Abriendo Futuros: A program for rural indigenous girls in Yucatan, Mexico," Policy brief. Mexico City: Population Council.
Abriendo Oportunidades (“Opening Opportunities”)
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