Women Creating Hope in Guatemala’s South Coast
Women from Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla in Guatemala, members of the Association Memory, Dignity and Hope AMDE, continue to search for their loved ones, forcibly disappeared during Guatemala's armed conflict. Their fight for justice brings hope to the south coast.
Guatemala: From Victims to Advocates | Miguel Itzep
Miguel Itzep, the coordinator of the National Victims' Movement Q’anil Tinamit, is a victim of the Guatemalan armed conflict (1960-1996). He was kidnapped and tortured by the Guatemalan army in 1977. In this interview, he reflects on the reparations process for victims in Guatemala. He talks about the main obstacles in the pursuit of justice. He explains how the international community can support victims and concludes by telling us what motivates him to continue seeking justice. Miguel was one of the speakers at the international conference 'Victims: Front and Centre,' organised by Redress and Impunity Watch in The Hague on 17 October 2019. The conference brought together policymakers with survivors of the conflicts in Guatemala and Guatemala to discuss how to ensure meaningful and effective participation in transitional justice processes. The Q’anil Tinamit movement is composed of communities, other organisations, and victims; and seeks truth, justice, and reparations victims of Guatemala's armed conflict.
Guatemala: From Victims to Advocates | Feliciana Macario
Feliciana Macario is a leading member of CONAVIGUA, the National Coordinator of Widows of the Disappeared during the Guatemalan armed conflict (1960-1996), which has been seeking justice for victims and their families since 1988. In this interview, Feliciana explains how CONAVIGUA contributed to seeking justice. She touches on the main obstacles that women face in their pursuit of justice. She talks about what motivates her to continue seeking justice and highlights what the international community can do to support victims. Feliciana was one of the speakers at the international conference 'Victims: Front and Centre,' organised by Redress and Impunity Watch in The Hague on 17 October 2019. The conference brought together policymakers with survivors of the conflicts in Guatemala and Guatemala to discuss how to ensure meaningful and effective participation in transitional justice processes. CONAVIGUA is a human rights organisation initially founded by women whose husbands were killed or disappeared during the internal armed conflict in Guatemala.
I am Hajar, and this is my story | أنا هاجر، وهذه قصتي
"All I remember is the physical & psychological pain that never once left me since that moment." Hajar is a young Iraqi women from Kirkuk. She endured genital mutilation at the age of six and was later forced into child marriage. She was raped by her husband. How did she overcome her hardships? Many Iraqi women are forced into child marriage and are sometimes subject to marital rape and the worst forms of sexual and psychological abuse. "لا أذكر سوى الألم الجسدي والنفسي الذي لم يفارقني منذ تلك اللحظة." هاجر فتاة عراقية من كركوك. من الختان في سن السادسة الى الزواج المبكر والإغتصاب الزوجي، كيف اجتازت هذه الفتاة ظروفها القاسية؟ هل تخطت خوفها؟ كثيرات هن الفتيات العراقيات اللواتي يُجبرنَ على الزواج_المبكر وأحياناً يتعرضن للإغتصاب الزوجي وأبشع أشكال العنف الجنسي والمعنوي.