They denounce poverty in 792 of indigenous homes in Guatemala

They denounce poverty in 79.2% of indigenous homes in Guatemala | News

The T ́zununija ‘Indigenous Women’s Movement of Guatemala denounced this Monday that 79.2 percent of indigenous households located in rural areas live in conditions of poverty.


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At a press conference, the women’s organization presented the “Shadow Report, Situation of Indigenous Women in Guatemala”, which highlights that racial discrimination exists above the political will of the State.

The text indicates that the Central American country has an indigenous population of more than 7,000,000 people, and acknowledges the lack of progress in terms of the rights of indigenous women, which were agreed upon in the 1996 Peace Accords.

In this sense, they urge the Government to recognize women defenders at the community level, and to design public policies for human rights activists.

They recalled that between 2019 and 2021, at least 28 women of indigenous origin, involved in the defense of human rights, were detained in Guatemala.

On the other hand, the document highlights the need to close the racial inequality gap that still exists in Guatemalan society, despite the public policy approved in 2014 to eliminate racism and discrimination.

“The racism that we still face is structural and runs through the entire institutional framework of the State,” the document states.

Likewise, the movement requests the State that existing policies be channeled through a ministry for their execution.

The report was presented in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations (UN).