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Message of Solidarity with Guatemalan Women

Posted on: Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, UN

We at MADRE, an organization demanding women’s rights worldwide, are outraged and angered by the violence against women in Guatemala and the apparent lack of repercussions perpetrators of women’s violence face.

The fact that we must use terms such as femicide to describe the atrocities being committed points to the epidemic nature of this problem. Just in the first half of this year there have been 265 femicide cases, and this figure does not include the cases that go unrecorded. Women in Guatemala have for too long been ignored in both domestic and international justice processes. MADRE applauds the United Nations efforts in conjunction with the women of Guatemala to bring this historically invisible issue to light.

We at MADRE stand in solidarity with our sisters in Guatemala and call for the eradication of violence against them and all women worldwide. We demand that the Guatemalan state be held accountable for these acts of violence and that measures be taken to implement laws passed protecting women, such as the May 2008 law against femicide. The state should ensure that its citizens know that violence against women will not be tolerated.

Vivian Stromberg,
Executive Director

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