One Guatemalan immigrant, we’ll call him Marvin, said “what motivated me to emigrate was that I had land to build a house, our own house, for me and my wife and our two children,” Marvin said. “But, with the salary I earned in Guatemala, it would never be enough for me to build the home,” Marvin continued, recalling what motivated him to migrate north in 2005. Pakistani women rallied around the country’s major cities in defiance of Islamist hardliners, who had attacked the march with stones last year. Dancing, chanting and marching, protesters demanded reform in the healthcare system, highlighting how the pandemic struck women the most. Women around the world suffered to access reproductive and sexual healthcare during the coronavirus crisis. “Violence against women is part of everyday life here; it is normal, and no one is surprised when a new femicide comes to light,” said Quintela. “Even as young girls, women are just objects that are sexually abused by their uncles, grandfathers or brothers. The result is thousands of teenage pregnancies every year.”
Cabnal’s paternal family was forcibly displaced during the internal conflict, so she grew up in a marginal urban settlement on the outskirts of Guatemala City. After studying medicine and psychology, she rekindled her maternal Xinka roots in 2002. In the Xalapán mountain, she started to question Indigenous forms of machismo and worked with other women in the community to raise awareness against gender violence and political inequality in the community.
Notably, the Assembly of the cooperative recently elected a woman to serve as Secretary of the Executive Council. While this is strong and concrete step for the inclusion of women in leadership positions within the Cooperative, it is only the beginning. We will continue to promote inclusive policies that define positive contributions related to women’s participation. Two women place corn tortillas on a grill in the front entrance of a small store in the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala.Two sexy Guatemalan girls women place corn tortillas on a grill in the front entrance of a small store in the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. A woman shows off her woven textiles for sale on the streets of downtown Antigua Guatemala. Famous for its well-preserved Spanish baroque architecture as well as a number of ruins from earthquakes, Antigua Guatemala is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former capital of Guatemala.A woman shows off her woven textiles for sale on the streets of downtown Antigua Guatemala.
However, while government-run schools are free to attend, ‘hidden’ costs like uniforms, books and transport mean that education is often unaffordable for the poorest families. Guatemala is still recovering from a36 year-long civil war between government and rebel forces, which ended in 1996.
The Sepur Zarco case is about justice, as shaped by women who endured untold horror and loss, and today they are demanding to experience that justice in their everyday lives. The Sepur Zarco military rest outpost closed by 1988 and the conflict formally ended in 1996 with the signing of the peace agreement. But the abuelas continued to scramble for a bit of dignity, a bit of land, and food. Paula Barrios, who heads Mujeres Transformando el Mundo explained that the indigenous communities living around the area believed that more than 200 men were brought here and never seen again. Following a brief restoration of civilian rule under President César Méndez, military-backed Carlos Arana is elected as President. A military coup led by Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas ousts the democratically elected President, Jacobo Arbenz.
Among the participants of the Seminar were many women who were members of two or even three groups facing discrimination in Central America. Listening to their stories, Nanci came to understand the barriers many women face when they participate in political campaigns. She understood how difficult it can be to thrive in a political culture where women are expected to stick to the traditional roles of mother, wife and caregiver. With her new understanding of the regional context, she learned the importance of building alliances between women and strategizing together. The psychologist said she also often sees her own examinations retracted by victims who seem to believe they either deserve the violence or should forgive their abusers. ■ The lack of access to education that translates to no job prospects and to poverty.
But Mr. Sessions overruled that precedent, questioning whether women — in particular, women fleeing domestic violence — can be members of a social group. For prosecutors, judges and even defense lawyers in Guatemala, the case exemplifies the national scourge of domestic violence, motivated by a deep-seated sense of ownership over women and their place in relationships. Acts of violence against women are described in the testimonies gathered by the REMHI, but very few references are made to the actual experiences of women who suffered such abuse.