Marlon Márquez Guardo
- Age: 21
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When we break the barriers of hatred and inequality that have been built in society, we will understand that we can all have the freedom to love and respect those around us. We can settle our differences through dialogue and resolve our problems through action.
- Marlon Márquez Guardo
Marlon Márquez Guardo was born and raised in Colombia. He is currently studying at la Universidad Technológica de Bolívar. As a Research Assistant at DeJusticia, Marlon is responsible for the review of the municipal (María la Baja, Ovejas, San Jacinto, and Carmen de Bolívar) and departmental (Bolívar, Sucre) development plans, as well as PDET, POT, PAT and POMCA and systematization of the actions and strategies contained in these plans referencing to the conservation and protection of water sources and drinking water, aqueduct, and sewage. As Founder at Deliberar, Marlon serves as the editor-in-chief of the content published on the web platforms, which try to give greater visibility to the social and environmental problems facing the world.
Additionally, Marlon is a Project Formulation Assistant at Foundation for Multidimensional Education, Research Assistant at Historical Memory Seedbed at Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, and Project Formulation Assistant at Lunes de Ciudad and La Ciudad Verde.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
When I was in the sixth grade, l I was bullied for behaving differently from other men in the classroom. From that moment on, the school psychologist helped me understand that it was okay to be different, that it was okay to be me, that it was okay to be gay. Accepting myself as gay was one of the most difficult processes of my life. I understood that patriarchy has done so much damage to the point of making us afraid of being ourselves. My inspiration to continue fighting for gender equality lies in breaking the fear of being ourselves, in breaking the barriers that separate us from diversity, in breaking the barriers that separate us from our gender identity or our sexual orientation.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
In my university's historic memory seedbed, we built a methodology for the reparation of LGBTQ+ survivors of the armed conflict, which allows these people to be repaired under a differential approach, and their victimizing acts are recognized according to the corresponding gender identity of every victim. On the Deliberar platform, we organized an impact project in the Olaya Herrera neighborhood of Cartagena, which is a vulnerable area and characterized by social inequality, where through a group of expert women, we trained 30 girls in the sector on their reproductive and sexual rights and about the role of women in politics and in society. In turn, these girls were left with the pedagogical tools to train and replicate the message with more women in their neighborhood.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
In my free time I like to take photos. In fact, someday I want to publish a photography book. I also like to read books and write poems. When I'm with my boyfriend, I like to make desserts, try new recipes, and recreate famous Italian dishes. I really like going to the movies with my friends and sometimes enjoying making hamburgers and playing Xbox with my best friend. Also, sometimes I play Minecraft with my little brother since it is his favorite game.
- Spanish (Advanced/Native)
- English (Intermediate)
- LGBTQ+ rights and empowerment
- building territorial peace frameworks in post-conflict Colombia
- male engagement
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Student Leadership in the Framework of the Post-Conflict at Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar
- Caribbean Pride and Talent Scholarship in the Political Science and International Relations Program at the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar