Drumming and Health Education for Young Women with the IMU
The Institute of Women’s Development, Research, and Training (IMU) is an organization that promotes sustainable development with an emphasis on women’s rights. Using popular education, the IMU works with groups of women to discuss and analyze their current reality in an effort to work together in its transformation.
SHARE supports a project through the IMU that provides development, education and artistic opportunities for twenty young women in the rural area of the Ciudadela Guillermo Ungo, outside of the town of Suchitoto. This youth development project has three components: in addition to a stipend that allows ten young women to attend high school, it also trains the young women in sexual and reproductive rights and gives them the tools to become sexual health educators in their communities. As sexual health promoters, the young women learn about topics such as STD’s or teen pregnancy, and then teach young women in their community. Finally, this project supports an all-women batucada, or drum circle, the Sihua Batucada.