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 (83.46%)
• Developing countries, unspecified (16.54%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Legal and judicial development (15130) (12.52%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Human rights (15160) (12.52%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (58.42%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified
Sectors not specified (99810) (16.54%)
Policy marker • Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (principal objective)
• Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) (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 2020 include: (1) 150 activities on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) directly reached 5,591 people (of which 3,197 (57%) are Indigenous women and girls and 1,428 (26%) are Indigenous men and youth), and the balance are non-Indigenous women and men; (2) a communication campaign carried out by the partner organizations reached more than 15,000 people; (3) 15 local women’s and social organizations, and three victim referral networks in the three departments and the capital were supported; (4) 895 Indigenous women and girls (victims/survivors of SGBV) received psychosocial support services, and 276 received economic empowerment services; (5) 964 people began capacity-building processes on Indigenous women’s rights and access to justice; (6) 120 Indigenous women and girls (victims/survivors of SGBV) received legal support services; (7) four legal cases for SGBV, with the potential to generate legal and social precedents, were identified and initial trial preparations were advanced; (8) training was provided to 550 justice actors on the legal norms applicable to cases of SGBV with awareness on the specific obstacles faced by Indigenous women to access justice; (9) a conference on positive masculinities was organized in June 2019 with participation of 81 men and 47 women; and (10) 985 people participated in 16 culturally and linguistically relevant communication activities on the issue of SGBV and in favor of a life without violence for Indigenous women and girls.



Original budget $570,000
Planned Disbursement $1,110,078
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