Posts Tagged ‘Women’
We’re so fortunate here, away from the turmoil. We wouldn’t have to give a moment’s thought to all this suffering if it weren’t for the fact that we’re so worried about those we hold dear, whom we can no longer help. I feel wicked sleeping in a warm bed, while somewhere out there my dearest friends are dropping from exhaustion or being knocked to the ground
— The Diary of Anne Frank
That’s sort of how I felt these last few days about the recent killings of women (little girls between them) in Guatemala. Everyone is overwhelmed; we are paralyzed. The worst thing: we seem used to it… then I think, no, maybe this reaction keeps us alive and with hope, maybe there’s something I can do…
Mujeres, todas somos lo que llevamos dentro. Sin críticas, ni discriminaciones. Sin juicios, ni reclamos. Somos pureza y sentimiento. Somos pasión, batalla, conquista y seducción. Somos lo que cada una llevamos dentro.
Women, we all are what we have inside. No criticisms. No discrimination. No judgements. No reclaims. We all are purity and emotion. We all are passion, battle, victory and seduction. We all are what we have inside.
Photograph and Text by Sophia Piral
A few days ago we talked about how seems difficult to walk down the street in Guatemala City. The talk of the urbanist Gonzalo Melián Marrero was given last year in Francisco Marroquín University describing the social dynamics that we make nowadays.
The malls, poorly maintained parks, entire areas of housing closed because of the insecurity. There’s not to many creative and exciting environments.
Recently came to me, thanks to the recommendation of a friend, the video “Vivir en Común en Guatemala” and it’s about these issues. Both videos in Spanish.
There are some solutions on the table, private sector, public administrations working to restore parks and avenues, a decent public transport for all… and so on.
A woman goes out to a club wearing a miniskirt. She gets pretty drunk and stumbles home in the wrong direction. She ends up lost in a bad neighborhood. She gets raped. Is she to blame in some way? Was this her fault? Was she asking for it? (via You Are Not So Smart)
Believe it or not, there’s a widespread perception that it is. What’s this all about? Well, if you recall we have talked about violence against women in Guatemala. Recently there’s women-only buses in Guatemala City too… another indicator.
Another important fact has been revealed the past week, equally overwhelming: 33,000 calls that report cases of sexual violence in almost half year of 2011. Numbers speak for themselves and that’s crazy. The phone number to report these abuses in Guatemala is 1571 and provides free attention to victims of sexual violence.
In psychology, the previous example is also know as: The Just-World Fallacy.
On Avenida Simeón Cañas in zona 2 of the Guatemala City what will surely will call your attention is the radical change in architecture, there are no colonial elements found in zona 1.
At the beginning of last century for political reasons and convenience for the government of Manuel Estrada Cabrera the president of that time, decided to use this avenue for cultural and recreational events and so the area became popular at that time, the buildings were ostentatious and the area became an exclusive place.
Over 700 meters long is a pleasant place for walking and sporting activities in the surroundings. This day you could find this group of girls skating, the sport practiced demanded much effort because the ground was not at all friendly I think. It was really refreshing find a sports activity so different in the city.
Also known as El Centro, zona 1 of the Guatemala City is exciting, in a minute you can change the environment drastically and watch the chaos and rush of capitalinos, being in a photographic exhibition, a musical concert, eating an ice cream in Parque Central or be in a wedding in the Metropolitan Cathedral 😉
Happy weekend everyone!
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.