Sandra's Story

"The impact of the CAI-inspired community workshops resulted in the first national case of a young girl who denounced the forced marriage imposed on her by her parents and demanded her right to an education!" 

 

At a CAI workshop, Sandra's impassioned depiction of species extinction due to climate change brought the entire group to tears.

32-year-old Sandra, pictured in the plaid shirt above, has lived in the vibrant coastal town of Puerto Barrios, Guatemala her entire life and is making an incredible impact in her community, thanks to your support.

Did you know that women’s empowerment is one of the top solutions to climate change? This is why many environmental organizations also support women’s empowerment. Sandra works for the Foundation for Eco-development and Conservation as the Regional Coordinator for its Women’s and Girls’ Rights Program in Guatemala. For Sandra, her work is personal: Sandra’s mother broke the cycle of violence in their home and became Sandra’s role model to fight for girls’ rights and empowerment, challenging gender-based violence in her community.

During the four years, we have known Sandra, she has enthusiastically participated in multiple CAI Creative Leadership workshops, skill-building clinics, and CAI community art projects. She has taken the skills and tools she learned with CAI to train her entire team of youth promoters, program staff, interns and volunteers to adapt and strengthen their work with more participatory and arts-based approaches. Sandra has conducted numerous CAI-inspired workshops for girls, including those pictured below, to help them understand their rights. Sandra notes, “The impact of the CAI-inspired community workshops resulted in the first national case of a young girl who denounced the forced marriage imposed on her by her parents and demanded her right to an education!” This momentum also resulted in a collective of young women weavers standing together for their right to economic independence and saying no to forced early marriage.

We proudly stand with Sandra to end all forms of gender-based violence. Your support ensures that more young women in Guatemala and around the world achieve their dreams, go to school and contribute their talents and skills to society. Help us light up the world and join the global movement for girls’ rights by giving today!

 

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