To mark the occasion, we held related two International Women's Day activities at the Family Support Center in Llanos del Pinal. The first Friday of every month Carmencita and I meet with the mothers of the children and youth who attend the Family Support Center. The meeting serves as both the project mothers meeting and the Llanos del Pinal scholarship meeting.
|Mothers and staff in the monthly meeting|
This month we met on Friday March 6th and discussed International Women's Day. Throughout the previous week, the children and youth prepared posters and answered questions about equality and the reality of women's lives in Guatemala. We talked about work, different types of violence, and which women (in addition to their mothers) the kids admire.
The children and youth presented their posters during the kids activity on Thursday March 5th and we discussed their answers and ideas both days.
¿En que puede trabajar una mujer? What types of work do women do?
In these activities we see the importance of getting the kids and the mothers talking--and not just about flowers and wishing each other "Happy Women's Day." We are talking about issues and situations that are often considered "normal" or "typical" in Guatemala. We want to create a more just and equal society in Guatemala that values women and men and their contributions.