|Ilca Márcia Albino da Silva|
21 years old
Peer Educator, Grupo Curumim Brazil
"Young people don't have information about pregnancy or contraceptive methods. They don't have access to the 'morning after' pill. Early pregnancies result, and often the family doesn't want the pregnancy. The girls are either forced not to have the baby or to have the baby. Either way, it's a problem."
A high school graduate, Ilca has been a member of the feminist organization Grupo Curumim Gestação e Parto since she was 17. Within the organization, she is a member of the Youth Center of the Cunhatã Program - Grupo Curumim. She is an activist in the feminist, teenager, and black movements. She represents Curumim in the Group of Black Youth (Articulação de Juventude Negra). more>>
Ilca Márcia Albino da Silva: I think one of the main problems in my community is pregnancy, which is very common among teenagers and young girls—for those in school as well as those who are no longer studying. This is in addition to HIV/AIDS infection rates which are high due to the lack of information and access to contraceptive methods, as well as a lack of education about how to negotiate with one's partner. Paulista, where I live, ranks fourth in the state with the highest numbers of HIV cases—that's very high for a municipality so small.
IMAS: There is a lack of access to information. Young people don't have information about pregnancy or contraceptive methods. They don't have access to the "morning after" pill. Early pregnancies result, and often the family doesn't want the pregnancy. The girls are either forced not to have the baby or to have the baby. Either way, it's a problem.
IMAS: I don't have any recollection of being negatively impacted when I was a child because in my house there were only women.
IMAS: I began to work with Curumim through the Adolescents and Young Women Project by contributing to the movement for gender equity and end of violence supported by PACIFIC in 2006.
IMAS: IWHC is important because it strengthens Curumim, so that Curumim can provide strength to young people. And those youth can empower other young people who didn't have the same access to organizations like Curumim. Both IWHC and Curumim make this possible. more>>
IMAS: To be able to take information to other people and with that empower them with the hope that they will reflect about their positions and about their life conditions—so that each person will be able to make a positive change in their own and other people's lives.
IMAS: To graduate from university with a focus on the area that I work on, which is health; being financially secure; and of course doing what I like.
IMAS: Plenty of empowered, autonomous women who don't have to deal with violence or violations of their rights. I also hope to see more government support to carry out educational initiatives in the most diverse communities so that we can reach more young people.