Project profile — Strengthening the Rights of Indigenous and Other Discriminated Women in Guatemala

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Strengthening the Rights of Indigenous and Other Discriminated Women in Guatemala - Overview
OHCHR - United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (41313)
2018-03-27 - 2023-12-31
Country / region • Guatemala (100.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (20.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Human rights (15160) (50.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (30.00%)
Policy marker • Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


This initiative supports the enhancement of gender equality human rights programming within the Guatemala Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Women and girls are subject to some of the cruelest human rights violations and yet many organizations specialized in human rights promotion and protection are not prepared to deal with these gender-specific crimes. Project activities include: (1) supporting policy development for and direct accompaniment of women human rights defenders; (2) supporting victims of sexual and gender-based violence; (3) denouncing discrimination especially related to women's economic, social and cultural rights; and (4) strengthening gender-sensitive justice systems through strategic litigation.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased exercise of international human rights standards, especially women’s rights standards, by Indigenous and other disadvantaged women; (2) increased inclusive, accountable, and gender responsive governance by state actors in favour of Indigenous and other disadvantaged women; and (3) enhanced gender equality integration by OHCHR and other non-state actors in support of Indigenous and other disadvantaged women.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2021 include: (1) facilitated 213 women (of which 80 Indigenous midwives, 62 Indigenous women and 71 representatives, such as mothers and women guardians, of adolescent fatal victims of a fire in a state-run children’s home) in directly participating in three strategic litigation cases; (2) a constitutional court decision was reached in favour of the National Movement of Indigenous Maya Weavers requiring the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT) to implement effective participation of Indigenous peoples in policies, programmes, projects and plans on matters that concern them; (3) supported the launch of a Ministry of Health action plan for the National Midwives Policy of the Four Peoples of Guatemala, following discussions with Indigenous midwife leaders and benefitting an estimated 90,000 Indigenous Mayan midwives; (4) trained 189 persons (of which 136 women), representing five state institutions on international human rights norms and standards for Indigenous women and women’s rights; (5) facilitated 32 non-state entities including 185 people (of which 101 women) in supporting Indigenous women and other discriminated women in promoting and protecting their rights; supported 1100 people in participating in online learning events related to women’s rights; and (6) facilitated the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in enhancing its gender equality integration, as evidenced in the training of 27 staff members in the mandatory course series “I Know Gender”.



Original budget $500,000
Planned Disbursement $500,000
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