Indigenous Ixil women living in the Quiché region of Guatemala endured 36 years of civil war. They were targeted with genocide, and many lost their homes and loved ones. Women still carry the burdens of those days.
Today, many widows and single mothers are the sole breadwinners for their families. They continue to face discrimination as Indigenous women and are denied access to their rights and resources. They struggle to provide basic necessities for their children and to heal from the atrocities of the war.
MADRE’s local partner is an Indigenous women’s group called MUIXIL. Together with you, we support a weaving collective to help women raise income and preserve heritage.
- By selling their weaving, women raise money to feed their families and send their children to school.
- Survivors of genocide preserve and pass on their traditional heritage through unique weaving designs.
- Women gain knowledge of their human rights and the skills to demand them in elections, national policymaking and before international human rights bodies.
Global women's rights around the world are essential to thriving local and global economies. Yet, their critical contributions, in the home and in their communities, are often undervalued.