Asociación Comité Contra El SIDA Cabañas (CoCoSI)
|Type:||NGO working on Crime|
|Address:||Canton El Zapote, Ciudad Victoria, Departamento Cabañas, El Salvador, C.A.|
|Region:||Central America and the Caribbean|
|UN Languages:||English, Spanish|
Other:'Human Rights, Health'
||The Association CoCoSI is a youth organization educating both youth and adults in rural communities, schools and prisons in HIV / AIDS prevention, sexual reproductive rights, gender based violence, masculinity and gender construction; political advocacy and accompany persons living with HIV or AIDS to insure they have access to medical consultations, ARV’s and lab work-ups; CoCoSI youth work in rural El Salvador and rural Honduras. CoCoSI is a group of youth educators who create space using participative methodologies to educate youth and adults in rural communities about prevention of HIV/AIDS, to bring awareness and raise consciousness that encourages change in attitudes towards gender relations and sexuality, and accompany and defend the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Young Salvadoran CoCoSI leaders have taken ownership and action in rural communities in Salvador and Honduras. Men in the Gender Process (HPG – Hombres en el Proceso de Genero) took 3 years to get off the ground. HPG is now in it’s 3rd year with 7 HPG civil groups and 1 HPG group formed in the Central Penal Sensuntepeque.
CoCoSI’s Women’s Space Project has grown from 150 women to over 400 women. Their participation in the workshops and annual assembly grows each year. The most obvious indicator that women are being empowered and making decisions regarding their own bodies is that now it is rare to see a pregnant adolescent girl. Currently, the Women’s Space project has added a 15th group specifically geared towards training women in leadership and group facilitation and capacity enhancement training.
CoCoSI has been advocating for access to clinical services, ARV’s and lab work for persons living with HIV and AIDS in the Department of Cabañas, El Salvador, for the past 5 years. The Ministry of Health has finally approved the project. Our membership in the national network PREVENSIDA has been helpful in our advocacy work.
One of our biggest challenges continues to be bringing rapist of women and girls to the courts.