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Forum to Raise Youth Voices on Pregnancy, Childbirth

By Karla Ortiz

To celebrate the International Day of the Midwife and because of the proximity to the presidential campaigns, the Center for the Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende (CASA), is inviting the entire community to two important events for health and community spirit to be held this Saturday, May 5 at the CASA facilities (Santa Julia 15, col Santa Julia). The first is the “We’re With You in Childbirth” campaign, which will run throughout May, and the second is What Concerns Us, Concerns You? forum. This is a space in which young people will be able to raise awareness of the different problems they are experiencing during this stage of life. It will also be the start of the above-mentioned campaign.

Through advocacy for the inclusion of midwives into the pregnancy and childbirth process, the campaign aims to promote the following: accompaniment to women during childbirth, awareness of women rights and women who do not live alone during those nine months and after childbirth, and respectful dialogue between the public and government policymakers.

The ultimate goal is to help improve the system of maternity and child care in Mexico, and ultimately realize the human right of women to manage their pregnancy and decide where, how, and with whom they want to experience childbirth. The campaign will educate women and providers about these fundamental rights and provide accurate information about different options.

At the launch of this campaign, the forum What Concerns Us, Concerns You? will be inviting Mexico’s presidential candidates to participate, as well as the candidates for the municipal presidency. Young people will have the opportunity to talk about their concerns, question the proposals and open a chat about the issue that most concerns them. To kick off the event, the CASA team has prepared a series of sketches addressing three main themes: health, gender violence, and youth. Afterward, there will be a hip-hop show, where the local youth themselves have written songs about the problems they see and live with. There will also be a live painting of a mural, where they will present themes alluding to the concerns of youth and their desires for the future.



What Concerns Us, Concerns You?

Sat, May 5, 1–3 pm

Santa Julia 15

Col. Santa Julia


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