Project profile — Women's Rights and Gender-Sensitive Justice in Guatemala

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Women's Rights and Gender-Sensitive Justice in Guatemala - Overview
CECI - Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011136)
2018-07-26 - 2023-12-31
Country / region • Guatemala (100.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Legal and judicial development (15130) (15.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Human rights (15160) (15.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (70.00%)
Policy marker • Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (principal objective)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


The project contributes to reducing sexual and gender-based violence against women, especially Indigenous women in the Departments of Alta Verapaz, Sololá and Chimaltenango and strengthens the poorest and most vulnerable’s access to justice. Gender-based violence has reached epidemic levels in Guatemala as patterns of violence against women committed during the 36-year internal armed conflict have continued, are seen as normal and are often tolerated. A majority of the victims are Indigenous women and girls. Project activities include: (1) providing legal, psychological and social services; (2) building the capacity of justice system actors through training and litigation of sexual violence cases with national impact; and (3) raising public awareness on gender-based violence.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased participation of women, particularly Indigenous women, from the Departments of Alta Verapaz, Sololá and Chimaltenango in the exercise of their rights for a violence free life; (2) improved services to women victims of violence and sexual violence by targeted justice system actors; and (3) increased respect for women's human rights and integrity by men, local public institutions and civil society organizations.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2021 include: (1) directly reached 4,320 people (of which the majority are Indigenous, and of which 3,264 women and girls) through 229 activities on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV); (2) supported partner organizations in carrying out communication campaigns, reaching more than 540,000 people; (3) supported 12 local women’s and social organizations and three victim referral networks in the three departments and the capital; (4) provided 534 Indigenous women and girl survivors of SGBV with psychosocial support services, and provided 495 of these survivors with economic empowerment services; (5) facilitated 250 Indigenous women and girls in participating in capacity-building processes on their rights and access to justice; (6) provided 504 Indigenous women and girl survivors of SGBV with legal support services; (7) provided 208 women survivors of SGBV in shelters with personal protective equipment and supplies to prevent the transmission of COVID-19; (8) advanced three legal cases for SGBV, with the potential to generate legal and social precedents, and with new evidence gathered and three criminal cases presented against teachers accused of sexually abusing Indigenous girls; (9) trained 450 justice actors on the legal norms applicable to cases of SGBV, focusing on awareness of the obstacles faced by Indigenous women to access justice; and (10) organized a virtual conference, over two weekends, on Indigenous masculinities, with 647 people participating virtually and resulting in 3,267 social media reproductions.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $1,130,175
Transaction Date Type Value
14-06-2022 Disbursement $268,768
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