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I knew well enough no one was going to do anything. So I buried my anger and made a point to walk on the opposite side of the street when possible and to not wear a dress any more. But I know now that asking women to change what they wear or what they do is NOT the solution. The focus is on the woman, never the assaulter.

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The sad reality for many women here, who experience exponentially more horrific things than a simple ass-grab in the street, is that they have no place to use their voice.

They are often shamed into remaining silent. Guatemala has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world.

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What kind of message does that send to young men and women when a violent crime against another person has no consequence. Of course there are always exceptions to every rule.

I am married to one of them. And there are many other Guatemalan men who stand up for women, stop inappropriate jokes and show respect and kindness to people, all people. However, we need to do better, Guatemala. Maybe a town hall meeting for every NGO that works with youth, and particularly boys? Maybe some place to bring men AND women together who want to fight against this on a community level? Guatemala ranks th out of the countries world-wide in gender equality, making it the most gender unequal country in Latin America.

There is a high amount of pregnancies between the ages of 10 and Guatemala has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Latin America, and it is on the rise.

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According to USAID the average length of education is four years and only one third graduate from the sixth grade. Drop out rates in the rural and indigenous population is dramatically high.

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Guatemala enacted a Family Planning law in with the intention of addressing the issue of teen pregnancy, but the follow through has been poor. Access to contraception remains a problem for teenagers due to conservative attitudes, cultural norms and the influence of the Catholic tradition. The law administered by the Ministry of Education which prohibits dating in schools is evident of the punitive attitude surrounding the topic.

Quality What is harder to understand and measure is the quality of education. For those who make it and stay in school, the encouragement of idea-formation and participatory and exploratory learning approaches are lacking.

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The reliance on note-taking learning techniques, produces students who are unable to think for themselves, unable to form opinions, unable to form an argument or even answer questions confidently or at all. Teacher training is also a very significant issue in education here in Guatemala. We keep having conversations about access to education, it is much harder to have the conversation about quality.

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At the moment the current educational landscape in Guatemala is not equipped to lay the foundations for a future of women empowered with the knowledge to confidently make informed decisions, adequately take care of themselves and their families, take control of their own lives or a future with more female leadership and political representation across society.