Impunity Watch launches report on implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Guatemala 

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women Peace and Security, Impunity Watch launched, on 20 October 2020, a new report examining the resolution’s implementation in Guatemala. The report analyses the progress made and the obstacles facing the implementation of the Resolution’s four pillars: participation, protection, prevention, and relief and recovery.

 

The virtual launch of the report

included a panel discussion during

which experts discussed the main

results of the report and the 

challenges facing women in

Guatemala. The panellists were

UN Women Country Representative

in Guatemala Adriana Quiñones,

Supreme Court Magistrate María

Eugenia Morales, member of the

Congress Andrea Villagrán,

former director of the Secretary

for Women Ana Leticia Aguilar,

and anthropologist Aura Cumes

(Maya Kaqchikel).

 

In their interventions, the panellists focused on violence prevention and racism as well as access to justice for the victims of sexual violence, and protection programs. Speakers also discussed the participation of women in decision-making spaces, and the government’s attempts to weaken institutions designed to protect women’s rights. The event was recorded and is available here.

The report highlights a number of key issues including: the prevalence of sexual violence and early pregnancies among girls under 14 years old; the large number of missing adolescents and women; wide-scale domestic violence; the difficulties indigenous women face in accessing justice; the limited participation of women in Congress and government; and the undermining of the Secretariat of the Peace and institutions that protect women’s rights.

 

A summary of the report is available in English and Spanish:

The full report is available in Spanish.