Christian Rodríguez@christian_foto

Exploring issues related to gender and identity.@NatGeo contributor 2017 @TED Fellow

https://www.ted.com/talks/christian_rodriguez_what_teen_pregnancy_looks_like_in_latin_america

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Photo by @christian_foto ( Christian Rodriguez ) during on assignment in Bolivia for @natgeo magazine. December issue 📸🏞️🗞️
View of Tuichi River in Madidi National Park, Bolivia.
I was on expedition in Tuichi river with park rangers from Madidi National Park. They carry out surveillance against illegal jaguar poachers. Madidi is part of one of the largest protected areas in the world.

Ranging from the glacier-covered peaks of the high Andes Mountains to the tropical rainforests of the Tuichi River, Madidi and its neighbors are recognized as one of the planet's most biologically diverse regions. In particular, Madidi protects parts of the Bolivian Yungas and Bolivian montane dry forests ecoregions.

Photo by @christian_foto on assignment for @natgeo #jaguar #madidinationalpark #Bolivia

Madidi National Park
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Photo by @christian_foto ( Christian Rodríguez ) Taiana’s sister walk in “Complexo do Alemão” , a large settlement of favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

This photo is part of the project "Teen mom" about teen pregnancy in Latin America. The series done in Rio de Janeiro analyzes the issue of teenage pregnancy in low socioeconomic contexts. Photo by @christian_foto #teenmom #latinamerica #americalatina #riodejaneiro #brazil #


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Photo by @christian_foto
Image from Teen Mom project. I followed Taiana for one week and this if one of my favorite image from her.

Taiana Cezario Da Silva (16 years old) became a young mother a the age of 15 years old. She is the third of seven siblings, and a daughter of a teenage mother, in Complexodo Alemão, a large settlement of favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

Taiana met her boyfriend in the favela. Shortly after starting their relationship she got pregnant, and after three months her boyfriend was sent to prison for drug trafficking. She had to leave school to take care of her daughter. This photo is part of the project "Teen mom" about teen pregnancy in Latin America. The series done in Rio de Janeiro analyzes the issue of teenage pregnancy in low socioeconomic contexts.
Girls who become pregnant before they are 18, rarely achieve an adequate standard of living.The patterns of poverty and limited access to education and health care are a common thread among teen pregnancies.
Brazil could have increased its productivity, up to US $ 3,500 millions if adolescent girls in that country postponed pregnancy until their twenties.(Population Fund of the United Nations)
For to know more about TEEN MOM project please follow @christian_foto
#teenmom #yooungmother #brazil #latinamerica #humanrights

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
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Amazing experience talking for so many people in Santiago during @fiisorg Festival.
Thank you so much all @natgeo.la team for having me and giving me this amazing opportunity.
Talking in popular spaces about my Teen Mom project is one of my goals for giving more visibility to this issue and and to invite people to reflect about this problem that makes women poorer and more unequal.

photos by @armandovega.photo
Thank you @natgeo for supporting Teen Mom project in so many ways.
#teenmom #latinamerica #chile #santiago #fiis #natgeolatam

Santiago, Chile
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Photo by @christian_foto Today I will be talking about
Teen Mom project in @fiisorg festival. Join me at 7:30 pm in Santiago, Chile.
Aleta plays with her nice at home in “Complexo do Alemão”, a large settlement of favelas in Rio de Janeiro.
Taiana Cezario Da Silva (16 years old) became a young mother a the age of 15 years old. She is the third of seven siblings, and a daughter of a teenage mother.

Taiana met her boyfriend in the favela. Shortly after starting their relationship she got pregnant, and after three months her boyfriend was sent to prison for drug trafficking. She had to leave school to take care of her daughter. She hopes she can go back to school some day, and study medicine. This photo is part of the project "Teen mom" about teen pregnancy in Latin America. The series done in Rio de Janeiro analyzes the issue of teenage pregnancy in low socioeconomic contexts.
Girls who become pregnant before they are 18, rarely achieve an adequate standard of living.The patterns of poverty and limited access to education and health care are a common thread among teen pregnancies.
Brazil could have increased its productivity, up to US $ 3,500 millions if adolescent girls in that country postponed pregnancy until their twenties.(Population Fund of the United Nations)
For to know more about TEEN MOM project please follow @christian_foto
#teenmom #yooungmother #brazil #latinamerica #fiis #santiago #santiagodechile #chile


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Photo by @christian_foto
Image from Teen Mom project.

Taiana Cezario Da Silva (16 years old) became a young mother a the age of 15 years old. She is the third of seven siblings, and a daughter of a teenage mother, in Complexodo Alemão, a large settlement of favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

Taiana met her boyfriend in the favela. Shortly after starting their relationship she got pregnant, and after three months her boyfriend was sent to prison for drug trafficking. She had to leave school to take care of her daughter. She hopes she can go back to school some day, and study medicine. "Complexo de Alemão" is the largest set of favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This photo is part of the project "Teen mom" about teen pregnancy in Latin America. The series done in Rio de Janeiro analyzes the issue of teenage pregnancy in low socioeconomic contexts.
Girls who become pregnant before they are 18, rarely achieve an adequate standard of living.The patterns of poverty and limited access to education and health care are a common thread among teen pregnancies.
Brazil could have increased its productivity, up to US $ 3,500 millions if adolescent girls in that country postponed pregnancy until their twenties.(Population Fund of the United Nations)
For to know more about TEEN MOM project please follow @christian_foto
#teenmom #yooungmother #brazil #latinamerica


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Hi !! I am in Santiago de Chile 🇨🇱 working with @natgeo.la @natgeo 💥I will be giving a talk about my TEEN MOM project next Friday 7:30 pm at @fiisorg festival. I shoot this video in Ometepec Guerrero last month. Next time I promise to check my hair. 🤷🏽‍♂️💥⭐️💫 #natgeolatam #explorer #latinamerica #mexico #chile #uruguay


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Photo by @christian_foto
Hola Chile !!!
I am in Santiago de Chile for talk about my TEEN MOM project in @fiisorg festival. Thank you @natgeo LATAM for having me an give me this amazing opportunity to talk for more than 25000 people about this issue. ​Portrait of Daiana (16) ​in "Complexo do Alemão", a large settlement of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is a teenager
mother of an year and a half boy​.​
The series done in Rio de Janeiro analyzes the issue of teenage pregnancy in low socioeconomic contexts.
Brazil could have increased its productivity, up to US $ 3,500 millions if adolescent girls in that country postponed pregnancy until their twenties.(Population Fund of the United Nations).
You can join me in "Parque Araucano" , december 8 at 7:30 pm, Santiago- Chile
#natgeolatam #natgeo #teenmom #riodejaneiro #brazil #chile #santiago #fiis

Santiago, Chile
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Photo by @christian_foto A million thank yous⭐️✨💫💥
My @ted talk (👆🏾link in profile⚡️) has received over a million views. The @tedfellow program has been one of the best experiences of my life and has helped to expand the TEEN mom project. I am convinced that more people are speaking about this issue thanks to TED. The discussion about this reality is urgent for our region. We need to look for all the possible ways through which we can change this reality that maintains poverty and inequality in Latin America.
Girls and teenagers face a society that hypersexualizes the bodies of women from all ages, stays silent towards the violence against them, and does not provide an adequate sexual education. We need more access to education, healthcare services, and contraceptives. We need to change the way teenage pregnancy is seen by the girls from these communities.
Portrait of Danyeli Cabrera (13) at home. She became a teenage mother at the age of 12, and now she is a single mother. Her boyfriend was murdered when trying to steal a motorcycle. She lives in a shelter provided by the Venezuelan government while they wait for a home that will be granted by the president Nicolás Maduro.
In the vast majority of Latin American countries, more than 85% of teenagers know how to use methods of contraception. But less than 30% uses them, especially the use of condoms is still a taboo and it is difficult to access for teenagers. Due to the lack of access to basic necessities and medicaments, it is getting harder to get contraceptives in Venezuela.
During my reportage in Venezuela, I interviewed many teenage mothers who became pregnant due to the lack of access to any method of contraception.
#tedfellow #ted #teenmom #latinamerica #caracas #venezuela Photo by @christian_foto

Caracas
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Photo by @christian_foto The Rarámuri are a Native American people of northwestern Mexico who are renowned for their long-distance running ability.In their language, the term rarámuri refers specifically to the men, women are referred to as mukí (individually) and as omugí or igómale (collectively).
The "Rarámuris" (Tarahumara) are believed to be descended from the Mogollon culture.

The existence of the Tarahumara is greatly threatened by drug violence, cultivation and trade in this region. The Sierra Madre is one of the most productive drug growing regions on Earth. One devastating effect is again deforestation. Logging is not only controlled by the Mexican government, but also practiced illegally by loggers and drug lords who use the forests to grow marijuana or opium or as space for their operations. Narco-trafficking weighs heavily on the Tarahumara, as the drug lords force the farmers to grow drugs instead of their own crops. Additionally, the government sprays drug fields with strong herbicides that also kill subsistence crops of the Tarahumara. Herbicides also pollute and destroy the natural environment on which they depend. Violence between drug cartels results in killing and torture of many Tarahumara.

Photo by Christian Rodriguez @christian_foto #rarámuris #sierramadre #guachochi #Tarahumaras #mexico #everydaylatinamerica #everydaymexico #everydayeverywhere #Chihuahua


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