Leadership and participation of women in Guatemala's justice system

Updated: Feb 19, 2019

This study examines the participation of women in the justice system of Guatemala, particularly in the Judiciary, and presents the experiences lived by women judges and magistrates who face a system of gender discrimination and violence, its manifestations, and its consequences. In Guatemala, many women in these positions have done an exemplary job in breaking with impunity, but at a very high cost to themselves. This study shows that women face masculine structures, in which mechanisms that promote corruption and impunity exist, buttressed by a patriarchal culture that hinders the judges’ work. These structures and mechanisms are not solely internal, but also external power groups that want to obstruct justice and attack these women judges.

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