Tonya Haynes, a member of DAWN/CatchAFyah from Barbados, speaks during the introductions portion at the beginning of the workshop.
Wilson Campa of GoJoven Guatemala explains that poor access to sexual and reproductive health services for rural and indigenous populations in Guatemala is a priority issue for GoJoven.
Lourdes Bascary of the Center for Legal and Social Studies speaks about the need for including sexual and reproductive health and rights within a human rights framework in the outcome document.
The group notes the need for safe abortion services for young girls and rural populations as a key issue they must put forward for inclusion in the outcome document.
Ifasina Efunyem of Dawn/CatchAFyah from Belize speaks about the lack of access to sexual and reproductive health services for the Garifuna, a highly marginalized group in Belize.
María José Scaniello of the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights says Uruguay's liberalization of abortion laws could be an example for those who seek to do the same in their country.
Oriana López Uribe of Balance (Mexico) (left) and Alexandra Garita of RESURJ facilitate a discussion.
From August 9-10, 2013, 28 young activists from across Latin America and the Caribbean gathered in Montevideo, Uruguay, for IWHC’s Advocacy in Practice (AiP) workshop. The workshop prepared the young women and men to advocate with their governments during the First Session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin American and the Caribbean.
AiP workshops are intense, multiday events that train participants to develop leadership skills to effectively advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and health at the national and international levels. Each AiP coincides with an important regional conference or U.N. negotiation, giving participants the opportunity to take what they’ve learned and put it into immediate action.
The regional conference in Montevideo was convened by the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) from August 12-14, and served as the regional contribution to the International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 Review. The negotiations during this conference marked a critical moment in the process for establishing what will be the international community’s priorities for global development for decades to come.
IWHC and veteran advocates led the training for the young participants to prepare them on how to identify and elaborate their advocacy priorities, analyze the draft outcome document that served as the starting point for negotiations, and lobby members from their country delegations to support a progressive agenda on sexual and reproductive health and rights. After the workshop ended, the activists immediately went to the U.N. conference and put their newly acquired skills to use.
And it was a success! The outcome document, called the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development, is a progressive, groundbreaking consensus of 38 governments to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights and revise restrictive laws on abortion.