Maria Antonietta Alcalde makes the case for prioritizing and investing in young people so as to accelerate progress on the MDGs. Social investments in young people’s education, health, and employment can enable countries to build a strong economic base, thereby reversing inter-generational poverty especially in countries undergoing demographic transition. Such investments can also help countries to achieve other MDGs such as universalizing education, promoting gender equality, reducing maternal mortality, and reversing the rising tide of HIV.
Video taped at the event “1.8 BILLION STRONG: YOUNG PEOPLE DRIVING THE MDGs”
Maria Antonieta Alcalde develops and implements IPPF/WHR’s advocacy strategy at the regional and international levels and supports the advocacy work of our Member Associations. She has co-founded several organizations including the Latin American Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and the International Youth Coalition. Previous to joining IPPF/WHR, Maria Antonieta was the General Coordinator of Balance, Promotion for Development and Youth in Mexico City, where she designed and implemented workshops on gender, sexual and reproductive rights, advocacy, and youth leadership. María Antonieta holds a degree in Accounting from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).