On the evening of Monday October 28, Horizons of Friendship, (Horizons), KWIC (Kawartha World Issues Centre) and TRACKS (Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science) and invite you to a free and public panel discussion at the Peterborough Lawn Bowling Club that will bring together Indigenous Maya K’iche’ youth from Guatemala and Indigenous youth living in Canada to speak to the challenges and successes they face concerning health, gender, leadership and cultural practices.
Horizons, a charitable international development organization, is working alongside local partner PIES de Occidente to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of Maya K’iche’ youth living in Totonicapán, Guatemala through its Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) project. With funding from the Government of Canada, Maya K’iche’ youth in Totonicapán – a province with a population that is approximately 95% Indigenous Maya K’iche’ and experiences high rates of adolescent pregnancies and maternal deaths – are learning about reproductive physiology, human rights, gender equality and the prevention of violence against women. Some of these themes are considered taboo, which is why PIES de Occidente approaches them in a way that is culturally sensitive and relevant.
This event, titled ‘Chosen Paths: Health, Gender and Cultural Practices among Indigenous Youth in the North and South’ is open to the public and seeks to actively engage young people in the community in having this important conversation.