This week marks the one-year anniversary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) first intergovernmental conference on population and development held in Montevideo, Uruguay. The outcome document from that meeting, known as the Montevideo Consensus, has been hailed as one of the most progressive documents on sexual and reproductive rights ever agreed to at any diplomatic negotiation. This week, Akimbo is featuring profiles on a few of the women who took part at the Montevideo negotiation; we’re reporting on what they’ve been doing to hold their governments accountable to this landmark agreement.
During a visit to Peru in November 2013, IWHC learned that aside from advocates who follow UN negotiations, very few people in the country were aware of the Montevideo Consensus and its potential to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in the region. With a grant from IWHC, Tania Pariona of REOJIP (Red de Organizaciones de Jóvenes Indígenas del Perú) aims to bridge this awareness gap by helping indigenous youth activists effectively communicate and advocate for the priorities and recommendations agreed to by the Peruvian government in the Montevideo Consensus.
Working with leaders in their communities, the young activists are developing brochures and fact sheets on the Consensus to share with their communities, and have recorded radio spots on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, with an emphasis on adolescent pregnancy, in their native languages (Quechua, Shawi, Aymara, Kakataibo, and Shipibo) with a translation in Spanish. These spots highlight the importance of youth-friendly information on contraception and comprehensive sexuality education. They will share these spots at the 4th National Youth Conference in Ayacucho, Peru, next week.
By September, REOJIP plans to finalize a pamphlet about the Montevideo Consensus to use for local advocacy and to educate their communities about their rights outlined in the Consensus in Ayacucho, Puno, Ucayali, and Loreto.
Listen to one of the radio spots here:
REOJIP is a network of indigenous youth organizations from local and national Andean and Amazonian communities that works to strengthen and affirm indigenous identity and promote indigenous youth and advocacy and rights around a variety of issues, including sexual and reproductive health and economic rights. REOJIP advocates for individual and collective rights at the community, local, national, and international level.
Tania is a member of several local, regional, and international organizations, where she is a strong advocate for the rights of indigenous youth and women. Following her first Advocacy in Practice (AiP) training with IWHC in Montevideo, Tania has remained involved in Post-2015 process, which will determine the next development agenda after the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. She attended her second AiP in April, 2014, in the lead-up to the 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development, and in June she participated in the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and a Post-2015 civil society meeting at the United Nations.