My Journey

mamenaldo
Posted December 12, 2016 from Guatemala

1. Where do you come from?

I come from a town called San Marcos in Guatemala.

2. What can you tell us about your family and your community?

My family members are my mom, my dad, my two brothers and my little sister. I'm the older one. Even thoughI come from another part of the country, I currently live in Guatemala city. Unfortunately in San Marcos we dont have the same level of education, so I had to move. Guatemala is a very centralized country, you will find everything you need in the capital city, but once you go to another "state" (we call them departments) you'll see poverty, shortage, bad roads, very basic services, etc.

3. What is a big challenge you are facing right now? What is an issue women face in your community that you would like to change?

My currently big challenge is that I'm in the process of planing and,next year,executing my new project: "Girls In Politics". It's really difficult to people and organizations to donate and also to believe in you. The mission of this project is to address girls in the age of 14 to 17 trough an academic and motivational approach, and let them know that politics it's not just a men job. Because women political participation in my country is less than the 20%. We have to change that from childhood and youth in an educational and cultural way.

4. What are some actions you are already taking to change the challenging circumstances you face?

  • I have already formed a team of professional young women.
  • I redacted the work plan.
  • I have addressed a few national organizations.
  • I have addresses some international organizations.
  • I already got in touch with congresswomen who are willing to participate.

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Jill Langhus
Dec 13, 2016
Dec 13, 2016

Hi Mamenaldo! Welcome to World Pulse. It's great to hear about your motivation and drive to help the girls/women of Guatemala. I know you can make a big difference there for them. It sounds like you already have for some. Keep up the good work. I hope to see more articles from you:-)

Hannah B
Dec 13, 2016
Dec 13, 2016

Bienvenidos a World Pulse!  

We are happy to have you hear, and look forward to hearing more about your work and ideas!  It sounds like you have a great project, I hope that you get the support you need!

Best, 

Hannah

allie shep
Dec 15, 2016
Dec 15, 2016

Well done, Mamenaldo, for involving girls in Guatemala . Everywhere around the world men involve themselves in "running" things while we actaully do the work in the background.

I'm glad to see that you are a woman trying to change that; I hope that the next generation in charge of your country will be women! 

Allie x