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)
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 2019 include: (1) a sentence by Guatemala’s Constitutional Court on the recognition of the rights of Indigenous midwives; (2) the preparation and discussion of a legal proposal on intellectual property by over 100 Indigenous women weavers to help Indigenous weavers profit from their designs and protect against unauthorised use, or intellectual property theft; (3) the publication and presentation of a report listing the institutional causes behind a 2017 State-run children's home fire that killed 41 girls and injured 15 others, with recommendations on how to ensure this never happens again, and reforms needed in the child protection system. Fourteen girls that survived this tragedy entered into direct dialogue with State officials to demand justice and reparations; (4) a training program to strengthen the knowledge of judges on gender justice has been updated and validated with the Guatemalan School of Judicial Studies; (5) 217 women and girls were trained on international human rights standards of Indigenous, and other discriminated women’s, rights; (6) a national contest with 120 graphic design university students (of which 66 were women) was held to increase their awareness about collective intellectual property rights; (7) a public exhibition of over 60 posters and brochures on the work of Indigenous women weavers in Guatemala was organized and held; and (8) through the project, OHCHR enhanced their gender equality integration. This was evidenced in the presentation of their annual report in March 2019 that fully integrated a gender and intercultural analysis.



Original budget $550,000
Planned Disbursement $550,000
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