On June 25, Guatemala will hold its General Elections, and all citizens with voting rights will vote for the next president, vice president, mayors, congressmen and congresswomen, and more.
However, Guatemala has the lowest level of female political participation in the hemisphere. In fact, to date, no woman has ever been elected as president, and only 19% of congresspeople are women.
On May 31, MAIA’s student body and MAIA’s Committee of Civic Participation hosted a panel discussion at the MAIA Impact School with all staff, Girl Pioneers, their families, and candidates for the government of the local municipality of Sololá.
Five Girl Pioneers conducted and moderated the event. They used their empowered voices and critical thinking skills to discuss the political agenda of the candidates on education, family and health, leadership, economy, and youth.
Through their action and leadership, Girl Pioneers are helping to create a more just and fair Guatemala. They are listening, using their empowered voices, and creating educational spaces to ensure that all the population votes based on evidence and information.
“We will be attentive to all the commitments made in this panel. We hope that with this we can create a more just and fair Guatemala for all,” concludes Adela, one of the moderators of the panel.”
Education is a human right, but one that’s impossible to embrace without literacy. This is especially true in Indigenous communities. This lack of access perpetuates poverty cycles and threatens the