Almost thirty percent of all female Nicaraguan adolescents are either pregnant or have given birth the highest adolescent birth rate in all of Latin America and twice the regional average. Many girls drop out of school at a young age and become subject to domestic violence. Basic sex education for girls does not exist and many girls are unaware of their rights.
MOMUNDH was created in 2006 by a group of archaeology students from impoverished backgrounds who, after taking courses on gender and women’s human rights, decided to begin working with women from marginalised communities. MOMUNDH’s activities are designed to involve girls and build their emotional intelligence to encourage them to become active citizens. MOMUNDH provides girls with a range of activities aimed at preventing violence at home, in school and in the community.
Along with getting to play in the only female soccer league in the area, the girls participate in hands-on, interactive life skills workshops teaching them about their rights so they are better prepared to protect themselves from violence. MOMUNDH provides truthful and age-appropriate sex education, as well as ICT training that teaches adolescent girls how to safely use the internet, email and social media. MOMUNDH is also raising awareness among government officials on the specific needs of young women and girls to guarantee their safety and access to a favourable legal system.
Photos: Kuba Okon/Stars Foundation.