As I write we are beginning our last full day in Guatemala. It will be a day of packing, shopping, wandering and savoring.
So today's post will be a reflection on the national campaign to protect children. In airports and other public places one is greeted with these signs in both English and Spanish. They are VERY visible and that certainly can be considered a positive. One day walking the road in El Remate we came upon the sight below. A gathering of school children led by government officials. There were the signs which were being presented and explained to the students. They were then asked to stand - raise their hands and to pledge to protect themselves and other children.
This national campaign and our Leyes Para la Paz (Laws for Peace) program including the 5000 cards that are now dispersed through schools, offices and homes in Guatemala complement each other. Laws for Peace goes many steps further to include the right to family planning, the right to safety from child abuse both sexual and physical and the right to sexual and physical safety in general and the right to equality of husband and wife in a marriage. Anna Rodrigez worked with the government to get these laws passed. A number of our facilitators were not aware that the laws existed !! We have been asked and I will provide the file for the rack cards so that more can be printed here in Guatemala. The laws will be downloadable in English and Spanish at www.LeyesParalaPaz.com and www.LawsForPeace.com
These campaigns will impact so many women, men and children. Progress !