Indigenous Women in Guatemala: Leading the Call for Justice


Indigenous women are at the forefront of the fight to ensure crimes against humanity in Guatemala do not remain unpunished. In recent years, they have made considerable progress in defending and promoting the rights of indigenous peoples, and particularly indigenous women.

The main instrument for achieving justice has been through the country’s court system, where they have brought cases over human rights violations committed during Guatemala’s three-decade, 1960-1996 brutal civil war. 

In 2014, Demecia Yat and some of the other survivors of sexual violence and domestic slavery established an association to become plaintiffs in a judicial case. In 2016, a domestic court reached a first conviction in the case, in which it recognized wartime sexual violence and sexual slavery as crimes against humanity.

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