II Forum Women Working for the World
To move the World first move yourself
The Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation has been characterized as a leading organization that defends and gives visibility to the rights of children, adolescents and women living in poverty in Colombia, especially in Cartagena. During these 13 years of work, the foundation has changed the course of more than 2,900 teenage mothers living in extreme poverty in Cartagena and reduced the infant mortality rate in this city by 81 percent, saving the lives of over 3,600 children under one year.
By making effective changes in the reality of these people, the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation went from being a local organization to becoming an international reference. As such, it is very important to include in the public agenda, both nationally and internationally, critical issues such as Teenage Pregnancy where Colombia along with Bolivia and Ecuador, have the highest percentages in South America. Teenage Pregnancy requires constant debate, as it is one of the major obstacles that perpetuate poverty in Latin America and the world.
The more we work on human development in the long term in order to change the politics, culture, media, economy, intrahousehold relations and public norms of equality, we will overcome the immediate suffering related to Teen Pregnancy. Only then will we make an impact throughout society and focus our efforts on the sustainable social development of our nations.
On behalf of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation’s team and the 2013 Delegation, I want to invite you to the second version of Women Working for the World, to be held on October 16th at the Country Club of Bogota. This will be a space for debate, opinions and experiences of experts on Teen Pregnancy and related issues such as the effects on public health, early marriage, sexual abuse, violence and how all of these influence the development of our nations.
President of the Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar Foundation.