Belizean Representative Attends International Conference on Rights and Choices in Chile

Belizean Representative Attends International Conference on Rights and Choices in Chile

Dominga Cucul is representing Belize at the International Conference of Rights and Choices for all adolescents in Chile. The forum, through the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) gathered representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss human rights and especially their reproductive rights. The topic of discussion for this year’s panel is “The importance protecting and guaranteeing sexual and Reproductive Health rights for indigenous women & youth. Miss Maya Mopan Belize spoke to Love news about her experience in the conference. 

Cucul added that a common issue for indigenous women between other countries in the Caribbean, Latin Americas and Belize is access to healthcare and education on contraceptives. Are we educating young girls before they get pregnant? Cucul mentioned that sexual and reproductive health topics are taboo in her community. She hopes that through this experience she can come up with a strategic plan to make a difference. 

Cucul works at Kuxlin Ha Government School and plans on making changes there first. It is integral to UNFPA’s efforts to achieve three transformative results by 2030 – zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths, and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices. 

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