The statistics reveal significant issues with access to education which disproportionately affect girls. Guatemala ranks 112th out of the 135 countries world-wide in gender equality, making it the most gender unequal country in Latin America. As men are increasingly migrating elsewhere, women are now beginning to gain more recognition as farmers; although they still face discrimination, such as lower pay. Cultural perceptions also discourage women’s participation in farmer groups and cooperatives. Moreover, women farmers have very low rates of land ownership in Guatemala (only 7.8% of land owners are women), which makes it difficult for them to obtain credit and undermines their decision-making power. Cifuentes is finding strength through the theater and the support of other abuse survivors, which has allowed her to move forward. But millions of other women trapped in a cycle of violence are facing dangerous and frightening futures.

  • Indigenous peoples are at the forefront of struggles against the appropriation and pollution of their land and natural wealth.
  • There was growing scorn for women’s lives and health and the belief that violent impulses could easily be vented against women.
  • In a public statement the Association of Journalists of Guatemala condemned, the harassment and attacks against journalists.
  • To that, she stressed that that path must be made “really smooth” for women.

After last Sunday’s elections in Guatemala, the top presidential candidates are heading for a run-off—and MADRE is working with our sister organization Muixil to make sure that Indigenous Mayan women’s voices are heard. With the MADRE support that you made possible, Muixil held voter education workshops for women in the geographically isolated region of El Quiche, to teach them about their opportunities for political participation. At 23, Ana, along with other Guatemalan women dating community members, founded Muixil, a grassroots organization of Indigenous Mayan women working together to promote the health, well-being and rights of their families and communities. Four days later, Virginia and her family traveled three hours to the departmental capital so that Virginia could undergo a physical exam with INACIF. The exam was conducted in Spanish and focused on her “extra-genital, para-genital, genital” body parts, according to the report.

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Once they started, trials were divided into multiple hearings that unfolded over the course of weeks or longer. Relatives often accompanied indigenous women to offer emotional and linguistic support, increasing costs. The government tried to circumnavigate the distrust of existing institutions, and problematic cultures within them, by creating new institutions with targeted mandates and specially trained employees. Many officials in new institutions challenge broader societal frameworks as well as those of under-reformed state agencies. Yet because of the lack of more widespread reforms, women experience a “patchwork” state in which institutions that have internalized VAW reforms exist alongside institutions that have not. Women’s experience of this patchwork depends on their geographic and sociocultural location.

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But their impacts were undercut by their systematic underfunding, concentration in urban centers, and connections with insufficiently reformed state institutions working at cross-purposes. Finding Virginia’s attacker guilty of physical violence in the public sphere, the judge sentenced him to six years in prison and mandated that he pay $1,350 to cover Virginia’s legal costs.

Farming for the Future empowers Ixil women with the necessary skills and resources to combat poverty in their communities. Higher incomes and improved quality of diets enables Ixil women to live healthy lives and become economically self-sufficient. Promoting the active participation of Ixil women in the political, social, and economic life of their community increases women’s status, and reinforces their voices as community leaders. Reforms to combat VAW and increase access to justice in Guatemala were embedded in this broader context, which robbed them of their full impact.

Women are particularly vulnerable because of a deep-rooted gender bias and culture of misogyny. In many cases, femicide — the killing of a woman simply because of her gender — is carried out with shocking brutality with some of the same strategies used during the war, including rape, torture and mutilation. These efforts took on an organized expression in the beginning of the 1970s. The first Committees of Relatives of the Disappeared were made up of mothers and relatives who took action and raised charges on both the national and international levels.

They dismissed her concerns and refused to begin the investigation until 24 hours after Rosemary was reported missing. When the investigation commenced the following day, their efforts were half-hazard and mocking. Hurwitz said Flatley’s experience as a former clinic student and her years of work in Guatemala « make her an especially sensitive partner for law students. » Studies suggest as many as 30 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage early in gestation, and at least 10 percent of clinically recognized pregnancies end in spontaneous abortion.