Claudia and Geraldine are our voice.


Claudia Ramos, 18, from Guatemala, and Geraldine Rodriguez, 15, from Peru, participated from January 25 to 28 in the Regional Youth Consultation towards Beijing+25, organized by different United Nations agencies, led by UN Women.

The PASC Program, together with its partners Acción por los Niños and Save the Children Guatemala, promoted the participation of these two adolescents in this process, in which 64 young people from 24 countries in the region participated. Both have stood out for their capacity, dedication, commitment and responsibility in the different working sessions of the Consultation, the final product of which is a Declaration of the Feminist Youth of Latin America and the Caribbean, which was read at the XIV Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean before the different United Nations agencies, representatives of the countries of the region and civil society.

The Declaration, through which they want to make their voice heard, is addressed to States, international organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector. It consists of a review of the progress and challenges currently faced by girls, adolescents and young women in the critical areas of the Beijing Platform for Action, particularly in the areas of gender-based violence, the political sphere, sexual and reproductive rights, climate justice, participation and leadership, and education and training. The Declaration concludes with specific demands to States, international cooperation, the private sector, civil society and academia. The Declaration closes with three commitments of feminist youth, which can be summarized as follows 1) diffusion, 2) support for the feminist struggle from the perspective of diversity, strengthening youth participation, and 3) monitoring, control, follow-up and advocacy in public policy.

We will soon learn more about Claudia and Geraldine’s experience, and the steps that are expected to be taken to disseminate this declaration and follow up on the challenges posed. We hope to have a session in February where both will share with us this process, their experiences and next actions.

Meanwhile, we would like to congratulate both of them for their dedication and effort these days, giving voice to the girls and adolescents of their countries and the region!