The brave girls from Nicaragua

By Rodrigo Barraza García | October 16, 2019 | The Americas | Education, Freedom from Violence & Exploitation, Gender Equity, Youth Empowerment

Editor’s note: This post was written by 8-year-old Avrill, along with her friends Fran, Ray, and Maria, who together participated in a workshop led by Rodrigo Barraza, GFC Program Officer for Mexico and Central America. It is also available in Spanish.

Can I tell you a story? Oh, I’m sorry, how rude of me. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Avrill, I’m eight years old, and I live in a place called Villa El Carmen, in Managua, Nicaragua.

I love music, Kung-Fu, and fruit. If you want, I can show you some Kung-Fu moves later.

I am a leader in an organization called Asociación Movimiento de Mujeres por Nuestros Derechos Humanos (MOMUNDH). Have you heard of them?

I love the organization, we have a big classroom, and an open space where children can play and draw and have fun. We also have a garden with beautiful flowers.

Photo of young girl dancing at MOMUNDH.

Young girl dancing at MOMUNDH. © Kuba Okon

In MOMUNDH, I’ve learned to share how I feel, to have more confidence in myself. … I have made many good friends there.

More importantly, now I know that we as children have rights, and that adults don’t have to tell us all the time what we have to do. Our opinions are important and we deserve to be heard. Girls and boys are worth the same and girls have to be respected at all times. Girls have the right to dream and be free. That is what I have learned and what I want to teach to other girls and boys.

Image taken from a workshop hosted by MOMUNDH in 2016.

Product of a workshop exploring the rights of women and girls, hosted by MOMUNDH. © Kuba Okon

For example, we have an amazing game called “the nonviolence piñata.” Let me explain to you really quickly what it is.

First, we make and decorate a piñata and fill it with candy. Then we invite other children to come to the piñata. But we explain to them that this piñata is different, that we are not going to break it, that we are not going to hit it with a stick because that is violent. What we do is give each child a ribbon, then we tangle the ribbons with the piñata and, in the end, we pull so that the candy falls. We laugh and share sweets. And we tell kids that without violence, the piñata is more fun!

Well, now that you know me, it’s time for the story! Are you ready? Please pay attention, this is very important.

The story is called “The brave girls from Nicaragua.” And it goes like this:

Once upon a time, there were four girls named Avrill, Fran, Ray, and María who were playing in a garden full of beautiful flowers and trees. There were also many animals like butterflies and rabbits, who loved them very much.

They were all very happy playing when, suddenly, a fierce wolf appeared and began to scare them. The wolf said hurtful things to the girls, like they had no right to play and that their opinion was not important.

At first, the girls fled, but then they started talking and realized that together, they were stronger. So, the four brave girls decided to go back and confront the wolf.

“Why are you so mean to us?” they asked the wolf. “We haven’t done anything to you, it’s not fair to treat us like that,” the girls told her.

“I’m angry all the time because nobody wants to play with me, all the people fear me and run away without even knowing me and asking me how I feel. I’m just tired of being alone,” the wolf replied.

The girls were surprised with this response and decided to invite the wolf to play with them. The wolf was so happy that she began to howl and sing with joy. All the other animals were very happy and returned to play with them.

In the end, everyone understood that girls and boys both have rights and that girls should always be respected.

THE END

Avrill posing with her friends and GFC Programs Officer, Rodrigo Barraza.

Avrill, far left, posing with friends and with GFC Program Officer, Rodrigo Barraza. © Global Fund for Children

Well, did you like my story? Did you learn something? I hope you did.

Now you have to share the story with other boys and girls from different countries so they know they have rights. Do you promise?

 


 

Asociación Movimiento de Mujeres por Nuestros Derechos Humanos (MOMUNDH) is a part of Global Fund for Children’s Empowering Adolescent Girls Initiative. MOMUNDH works to prevent gender-based violence and promote sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls in Villa El Carmen, Nicaragua. The group works to de-normalize and end the violence that is part of daily life for girls and young women in communities ruled by gangs and patriarchal norms. MOMUNDH uses research and documentation to raise awareness about violence against women, and supports young women and girls to use media and creative expression to raise awareness of the violence that they face.

MOMUNDH operates three programs, all with an emphasis on empowering girls and young people to defend their rights. Its programs include Emotional Recovery and Art & Creativity for the corporal and emotional empowerment of adolescent girls, and Feminist Activism, which seeks to fulfill the human rights of adolescent girls and young women. The main goals of these three programs are to stimulate self-esteem, early learning skills, self-expression, and understanding of the rights of children and young people. MOMUNDH is also currently part of a consortium to prevent femicide and sexual abuse through an alert system using technology.

MOMUNDH is a group formed entirely by girls and young people committed to the construction of a new Nicaragua, starting from their communities and building equality, respect, and democratic spaces.

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