Guatemala: Indigenous women activists, a photostory

Indigenous women and girls are increasingly at the forefront of evolving and emerging resistance movements in Guatemala. It is vital to understand their role as agents of change in spaces for socio-political and environmental activism, particularly in light of international focus on the rights of women and indigenous peoples. Their combined gender and ethnic  identities not only determine the womens' struggles, but also facilitate the development of spaces for advancement of their human rights.

These photos were taken on a research trip undertaken by a former MRG intern and human rights student, for her master's thesis. The thesis examines the structure and support networks of current spaces for activism, discusses the obstacles encountered by such women and the inspiration behind their motivations for activism – including the influence of ‘feminist thinking’, community role models and Mayan cosmovision. It lastly proposes recommendations at the local, national and international level, for the support of women indigenous activists in Guatemala and worldwide.

Findings are from a collection of in-depth interviews conducted in Guatemala with indigenous women fight for their human rights – as women and as members of various Mayan ethnic groups. Personal motivations for this study include the desire to embody women as actors, rather than victims, with an influential voice in their indigenous communities.

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Belen, a Quiché woman in the radio station she works at to promote indigenous cultures and raise awareness of issues affecting these communities.
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The community mentors of RED Abriendo Oportunidades.
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A forum organized by Red Nacional Por La Defense De La Soberania Alimentaria En Guatemala RENSAG) in Guatemala city.
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Maggie, the founder of Movimiento de Jovenes Mayas (AJPU) and her mother and sister at their home in San Lucas Tolimán.
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Norma, a Mam activist and leading member of RENSAG.
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The southeast part of Lago Atitlán where activist Maggie Cos founded her organization Movimiento de Jovenes Mayas (Movement of Young Mayans, AJUP) in her hometown of San Lucas Tolimán.
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The coordinator, attorney and programme manager of the organization Asociacion Ixqik in the town of San Benito, Petén.
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Date: 28/10/2017

Countries:

Guatemala

Categories:

Indigenous Peoples
Women/Gender

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