End Violence against Guatemalan Women

Guatemala CampaignIn Guatemala, a human rights emergency is raging, and no one is paying attention.

Women and girls are being raped, tortured and murdered, their mutilated bodies discarded in public places.

In the past decade nearly 5,000 young women have been murdered in this way, some as young as ten. The community of our sister organization in Barcenas, Guatemala is ground zero in this crisis.

The challenge is immense, but change is possible. We can do it because of the courage of our sisters at the Women Workers’ Committee in Barcenas, our expertise and strong alliances in the global women’s movement, and because of you.

We will confront this crisis at every level.

  • At the local level: We train women to form community watch groups and to use self-defense whistles provided by MADRE.
  • At the national level: We work to pursue justice for the families of victims by providing legal aid services and demanding that the killings of women are properly investigated and prosecuted. We’re starting with the case of Rosemary Gonzalez, a teenaged girl from the community of our sister organization who was murdered two years ago.
  • At the international level: We’ve already gathered on-the-ground evidence and testimonies for a report, which we will present to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.


Women in besieged communities like Barcenas deserve our support. By rallying action locally, nationally and globally, we can end this atrocity once and for all. To join the fight, click here


From the myMADRE Blog

MADRE staff recently traveled to Guatemala to meet with our sister organizations, and you have the chance to relive the trip!


To see other videos about Guatemala, click here and here

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Women Workers' Committee | Muixil

MADRE Projects
Guatemala: Barcenas Health and Dignity