Archive for April 5th, 2011

Taking the pulse of society: Guatemalan Women

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

If we must speak about Guatemala, it is inevitable and necessary to talk about its history and the armed conflict that took place in the last century and lasted 36 years… that’s a long time. Sadly, all or most of what we live today is a legacy from the war years.

The problems are not unique to Guatemalan City as they manifest in other departments. This is the reality of the Central American region and the American Continent. One of the biggest tasks we have to face as society without a doubt.

The Guatemalan National Police reported 5,317 civilian women killed in the last decade. In 2010 in Guatemala were more than 15,000 complaints of violence against women and more than 2,000 complaints have been presented in the department of Alta Verapaz, on the north of the country.

Truth be told, we are a classic macho society. The situation of Guatemalan women is not easy; every day more women are highlighting and standing out in activities that do not used to performed, this is positive news but does nothing more than demonstrate the long road that is needed to go to achieve equity.