Alejandra (Ale) Teleguario
- Age: 19
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As young people in all our diversity, we have the opportunity to transform our contexts. Let's start building networks of collective support to see a more fair, conscious, and equitable world for all people.
- Alejandra (Ale) Teleguario
Alejandra (Ale) Teleguario was born and raised in Guatemala. She is working toward a bachelor’s degree in international relations at Universidad Rafael Landívar. As Managing Director at GOJoven Guatemala, Ale manage resources according to internal statutes, monitors the progress of work according to the stages of each project, schedules and budgets, integrates alliances with other organizations, foundations, and donors, prepares reports on the execution of projects, and integrates associates and fellows in spaces of youth and sexual and reproductive health and rights. As Founder of Collective BeRadFem Xela, she plans and develops community activities such as workshops, webinars, and meetings from a feminist perspective, creates documents, flyers, and posts on social networks, and communicates and coordinates will allied groups.
Additionally, Ale is a volunteer English teacher at Teaching 4 U project of AJEDE Guatemala, member of the Youth Advisory Group of UNFPA Guatemala, Project Leader in Department Committee of AJEDE Guatemala, Representative of Quetzaltenango in Red de Jóvenes Artistas por la Justicia Social, and Co-coordinator of Let Girls Lead / Rise Up Municipal Network.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
When I was 13 years old, I realized that many women in my environment were being marginalized, discriminated, and survivors of violence without the possibility of accessing optimal care services or raising their voices to demand justice. Those friends, classmates, and relatives gave me reasons to start making change, empowering myself for the empowerment of all of them. Being very young, I started to talk about gender equality and take action in favor of girls' and women's rights.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
By starting to be an activist from a very young age and implementing participation spaces that have arisen from the needs that girls and women have, I have been recognized for creating the first in my community and the country, empowering adolescents and young women to strengthen our leadership for SRHR from an intersectional perspective, and giving us the opportunity to seek opportunities for personal and collective development.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy making art and crafts. When I have free time, I usually do paintings and drawings, practice lettering, or make some felt plushies about cartoon characters that I like. Also, I like to play the piano and listen to different music styles.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Spanish (Advanced/Native)
- K'iche' (Elementary)
- feminism for community development
- adolescent and youth access to contraception
- multidisciplinary alliances for SRHR