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Maria's Journey from Mision Mexico to University: Breaking Barriers for Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women's History Month, we are proud to share Maria's story of perseverance and determination. Growing up at Mision Mexico Casa, in our border city of Tapachula, Chiapas, Maria has always dreamed of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. However, her prospects seemed limited as a girl in a male-dominated field. Fortunately, Maria has always had huge determination and fire in her belly, so with the support of generous sponsors and her huge Mision Mexico family, she was given the opportunity to chase after her dreams.

Maria's story sheds light on gender inequality in Mexico's economy and education system, especially in male-dominated professions like veterinary medicine. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), only 23% of women aged 18-22 are enrolled in higher education, and women make up just 42% of the workforce. Unfortunately, Maria's field of study is still predominantly male, with only 38% of veterinary medicine students in Mexico being women. What's more alarming is that a mere 17% of students who specialise in working with large farm animals are women, Maria's greatest interest!

To address these inequalities and ensure that all young people have an equal shot at success, we are proud to offer programs like our Education Program, Youth Transition Program and Proyecto Faro. These programs are designed to provide financial assistance, educational workshops, life skills training, and guidance for young women like Maria, encouraging them to be independent, confident, and comfortable in their choices.

Despite all challenges, Maria remains determined to succeed and breaks down gender barriers in her field, paving the way for future generations of women. She's got her sights set on success! Through her hard work and academic excellence, she hopes to inspire other young women to pursue their passions and achieve greatness.

Gender discrimination in education affects women in particular, being also related to other variables, such as ethnic, religious, social or sexual orientation, which must be taken into account too. If you can focus on yourself and improve yourself, more than anything, it is a competition with yourself and a reminder never to lose focus.”

– Maria

Maria's journey serves as a powerful reminder of the critical role that education and opportunities play in the lives of young women. Thanks to our programs and the unwavering support of sponsors and everyone at Mision Mexico Foundation, our youth are empowered to dream big, pursue higher education, and make positive strides in their lives. By smashing through barriers and setting an example for others, they become agents of positive change and a source of hope for themselves and their communities. Just like Maria!

To sponsor a girl like Maria, contact today. You can also donate by clicking the button below to support our programmes.

Thank you, and Happy Women's History Month!

Misión Mexico Foundation

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