According to the National Employment and Income Survey (ENEI), in Guatemala, 58.6 per cent of women live in poverty and 22.8 per cent in extreme poverty.
Poverty is greater in the rural population, particularly in the Maya, Xinca and Garífuna peoples, communities that live under a constant condition of injustice and deprivation of their basic rights, affecting their women, girls and adolescents with greater ferocity.
Volunteerism enables youth engagement, leadership and participation
Within Latin America and the Caribbean, young people between the ages of 15 and 24 account for 20 per cent of the population. This is the largest percentage of youth in this region, ever. The statistics are dire: 35 million of these young people never attended school, 39 per cent live in poverty and 25 per cent are unemployed.
During the first two weeks of December, the eyes of the world will be on Lima, Peru, in order to follow the COP20*, an event of utmost importance in terms of negotiation in order to advance to a new Climate Change Protocol in Paris next year. A team of 10 national UN Volunteers has trained more than 1,200 youth volunteers who will be active during the whole event, especially in the
Solid waste management is a serious environmental and social concern in Peru. Waste is not separated but often dumped into rivers, contaminating the water. At the same time, illegal recycling is a widespread practice, seeing the poorest people collecting waste in dangerous conditions.
Due to high industrialization and urbanization rates, solid waste has increased by 40 per cent in Peru over the last decade, negatively impacting the environment and peoples health.
At the beginning of May, a hundred young leaders from more than 18 different regions of the country got together in Lima for the first meeting of Young people heading for the COP20*, as part of the Global Youth Service Day.
Lima, Peru: I first became interested in HIV issues a number of years ago when I learned that close friends had acquired the virus. At that time, I was in Peru working on rights, citizen participation and health issues. Soon after, I left for the Netherlands to study. My Masters dissertation, which focused on citizen participation of people living with HIV, brought all of these issues together.