The Republic of Guatemala is the poorest of the seven countries that make up Central America.After living a civil war for 26 years, and despite the peace agreements signed in 1996, the country is going through a deep crisis of security and access to justice, generated by the high levels of violence and impunity, the increase inthe criminality and weakness of state institutions that are not able to guarantee the fundamental rights of citizens.
In spite of the important legislative advances obtained in the matter of Violence against Women, Sexual and Trafficking in Persons, Guatemala continues to have one of the highest rates in the world in terms of murders and structural violence against women, widespread at the social level.
During 2013, there were 665 violent deaths of women, according to data from the National Institute of Forensic Sciences of Guatemala, which represents 14% more than in 2012, placing it in the third country in the world with the highest number of violent deaths of women.
The strengthening of democratic institutions and support for decentralization, the access of victims of violence to their integral reparation, the promotion of civil society participation mechanisms so that their demands for security and access to justice are met and the visibility of conflicts with a preventive approach are the challenges that our organization has joined to continue the commitment to consolidate the construction of a firm and lasting peace.
Movimiento por la Paz, el Desarme y la Libertad - MPDL
Initiative of the European Union, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (DG ECHO)
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