As part of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, the Union Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas (UNAMG) held a public seminar on June 14 in Guatemala City on Sexual Violence and Femicide During the Armed Conflict of Guatemala.
UNAMG contributes to the transformation of unequal power relations between women and men in the private and public sphere. Specifically, the organization works to prevent violence against women.
Two hundred people attended the forum, which also had support from UN Women in Guatemala.
Speakers addressed multiple issues of rape as a weapon of war in Guatemala and the conflict's continuing impact:
Luz Méndez, President of the Advisory Board of Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas (UNAMG)
Why sexual violence became a weapon of war in Guatemala?
Olinda Xocop, Psychologist of Equipo de Estudios Comunitarios y Acción Psicosocial (ECAP)
Psychosocial effects of sexual violence during the armed conflict.
Ana Lucía Morán, Executive Director of Mujeres Transformando el Mundo (MTM)
How impunity is built in cases of sexual violence?
Paloma Soria, lawyer of Women´s Link Worldwide.
Obligations of the States before international law on gender based violence.
The speakers are members of women's and human rights organizations that belong to the alliance, Women Breaking the Silence. The group continues to advocate for justice for crimes of sexual violence during the armed conflict in Guatemala.
Read the transcript of the panels (in Spanish):