The Guatemala Youth Survey (GYS) was led by the Government of Guatemala in 2019, who will launch the GYS report in early 2023.
The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance led the survey with support from the International Organization on Migration (OIM), the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, USAID Central America Regional Security Initiative, and USAID Guatemala.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was engaged during the survey planning and protocol development phases. The core questionnaire from the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) was adapted to the country context and the survey was conducted in Spanish and four Mayan languages.
Unlike the VACS, the GYS is a convenience sample survey and the data is not nationally representative. However, due to the large sample size, data yields important and valuable information about the experiences of adolescents and young adults who participated in the survey to inform country priorities.
Together for Girls talks with Dr. Andrés Villaveces MD, MPH, Ph.D. to learn more about his experience in the field and what inspires him to do this critical work.
On September 21, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) launched an historic global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) – the Spotlight Initiative.