Derechos de las mujeres y justicia (DEMUJeres)
The five-year Women's Rights and Justice project (Derechos de las mujeres y justicia (DEMUJeres)) aims to increase the freedom, human dignity and empowerment of women, particularly indigenous women. It focuses on strengthening protection against sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) and access to justice. The project is implemented in consortium with the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
While supporting activities at the national level, the project targets three departments severely affected by the violence: Alta Verapaz, Sololá and Chimaltenango. Given the scale and seriousness of the situation of SGBV in Guatemala, the project is based on a multidimensional approach, prioritizing three components:
1. Increasing the participation of women in the exercise of their rights, using an empowerment approach that makes women victims of SGBV subjects of law and agents of change.
2. Improving access to justice for women and indigenous women in the three departments and at the national level through support in the use of the normative framework.
3. Raising awareness among populations in targeted communities, in particular among men, of the issues involved in the sexual and gender-based violence continuum.
The project seeks to contribute to a change in attitudes and behaviour regarding violence, by developing awareness-raising activities on SGBV, gender equality and women's rights. The project also helps to ensure a more coordinated inter-institutional response by supporting the concerted action of the various state and community actors in the intervention areas.
Global Affairs Canada (GAC)