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 2020 include: (1) 411 women directly participated in three strategic litigation cases: 220 Indigenous weavers, 105 Indigenous midwives, 15 adolescent girl survivors of a fire in a state-run children’s home, and 71 adults’ representatives of adolescents (mothers or women guardians); (2) the consultation among 220 Indigenous women weavers of a legislative proposal on intellectual property to help them profit from their designs and protect against unauthorised use, or intellectual property theft as well as initial discussions with members of Congress on advancing a bill; (3) a Constitutional Court ruled in favour of an estimated 90,000 Indigenous Mayan midwives ordering the Ministry of Health to adopt nine measures to guarantee access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for Indigenous women with cultural appropriateness; (4) 123 persons (of which 70 were women), representing 11 State institutions were trained on collective intellectual property rights, legal pluralism and Indigenous jurisdiction, femicide and violence against women, and prevention of torture; (5) 139 women and girls were trained on international human rights standards of Indigenous, and other discriminated women’s, rights; (6) 30 non-state actors supported the work of Indigenous and other discriminated women, including through the submission of reports to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; (7) a Constitutional Court ruling allowing the 15 girl survivors of the state-run children’s home fire to provide their testimony before a judge prior to the trial to safeguard evidence and prevent revictimization; and (8) through the project, OHCHR enhanced their gender equality integration. This was evidenced in the contracting of a senior gender specialist, the development of a gender equality implementation plan and reporting that fully integrated a gender and intercultural analysis.



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