Children’s Mayor Jordana defends girls’ rights

The Bolivian Yordana is a girl leader in her parish. Although she prefers to call herself a women’s rights activist. She was elected Mayor of Children’s Municipality in 2021 and is now using this position to bring about change for girls and young women.

When 12-year-old Jordana applied for children’s mayor, she was very nervous. She wasn’t sure if she could express her thoughts well. But she put her fears aside and presented her plans for the congregation and education authorities in Ascensión de Guarayos, a Bolivian community north of Santa Cruz.

pride

Jordana was thrilled when she was elected mayor of children. She was sworn in on October 11, 2021, the day also known as National Bolivian Women’s Day and International Girls’ Day. “I’ve never been so proud of myself,” she says.

The role of Child Mayor was featured as part of Plan International’s global “Girls Get Equal” campaign, which encourages girls to take on roles in which women are often underrepresented.

Jordana has been the Children’s Mayor for nearly a year now. “They know her more than they know me,” Ascension Mayor de Guaraios said with a laugh.

Girls can achieve anything they desire.

Jordana certainly isn’t shy. She has many ideas for improving her church and doesn’t hesitate for a moment when you ask her a question. “I tell girls to believe in themselves, that they are strong and can achieve anything they want.”

For example, she told that her classmates are a bit shy and that she encourages them to participate in different activities and talk about their rights. “You want to become the children’s mayor next year, right?” She often asks her classmates.

Yordana wants the girls in her school to participate in training and become active in politics. “I want them to be leaders so they can stand up for girls’ rights.”


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Activist

She not only sees herself as a leader, but is also a child and youth rights activist. Jordana’s mother, Hortensia, describes her daughter as an energetic, kind, and sympathetic child. “She really puts herself in other people’s shoes and feels good about them,” she says.

Her mother says that she dreams of becoming a psychiatrist. “She wants to help people. Especially children who have to deal with violence and abuse.”

I want girls to be free and not be afraid to go out on the streets alone

the support

According to Yordana, Plan International was important to her leadership. In Bolivia, the organization works to increase women’s participation in politics, giving them more space to stand up for their rights and bring about change.


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Last year, Yordana participated in The Way Home project and the Girls Get Equal campaign. Now you feel the responsibility to keep learning. She also shares what she has learned with primary and secondary school students by organizing workshops and meetings. She talks to them about children’s rights and the issues she cares about most: human trafficking and smuggling.

“I want the girls to be set free”

As Mayor of Children, Jordana will host a series of workshops to discuss the rights of girls and women. She hopes that these conversations will ensure that more and more people in her environment learn about and stand up to situations of violence.

I tell girls to believe in themselves, that they are strong and can achieve anything they want

“I want girls to be free and not be afraid to go out into the streets alone. That girls and women don’t depend on anyone and they can be whatever they want.”

Strengthening the girls’ voice

Jordana dreams of a world where all girls have the same rights and opportunities as boys. She has already realized that girls have to fight for their rights and she wants to start this movement where she was born and raised.

“A lot of bad things are happening right now, out of fear or because girls don’t know their rights,” Yordana says. She is determined to amplify the girls’ voices and break the silence that holds back girls and women.

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