For years, gender inequality has been addressed from the perspective that it is a women’s issue. Peace Corps Nicaragua’s GAD Committee hosts Camp GLOW to empower young women to confront the specific issues and challenges facing them as women in a culture of machismo. But this only addresses one side of the coin, one aspect of the greater issue.
It’s time to flip the coin.
In order to combat the cycle of gender inequality, both women and men must learn about harmful gender roles and how to address them. Young Nicaraguan men will be given the opportunity to do just that through Camp CHACA, which stands for “CHavalos A CAbelleros,” and refers to the transformation of boys into gentlemen. The camp will have focused sessions and activities encouraging participants to challenge their current understanding of gender roles and to be positive role-models in their respective communities. The aim of the camp is to help reduce the incidence of gender inequality-related issues such as domestic violence, machismo (which roughly translates to male chauvinism), and disrespect for women, replacing those attitudes with positive means of expression promoting respect for equality among genders.
Following the success of last year’s very first Camp CHACA, we will again be inviting 60 young men ages 15-120 from across Nicaragua to participate in this 5-day camp in the northern mountains of Nicaragua in July.
To make this camp a reality, we need your support. The Nicaraguan communities are contributing over 25% of the funds, but the rest comes from outside donations. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible contribution to this worthy cause will go directly toward our Peace Corps Partnership Program project.
You can donate online through the Peace Corps website here, or you can send a check to the Peace Corps Office of Gifts and Grants Management with this form. You may also call the office at 202-692-2170 or toll free at 855.855.1961, ext. 2170 to contribute by phone. Please see the FAQ Webpage for more helpful information, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the forms, the project in general, or otherwise.
Even if you cannot contribute monetarily, please help us spread the word. Share our donation link (tinyurl.com/chaca2016) and/or our blog link (tinyurl.com/supportCHACA) to as many contacts as you can. Every dollar counts.
You can help young Nicaraguan men learn to share power, give respect, and responsibly live in support and collaboration with the women in their lives. Be a part of building a more gender equitable world.