Rights and Justice for Women and Girls in Guatemala

Reporting Organization:CECI
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 6,678,000
Timeframe: August 1, 2018 - March 31, 2023
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Alvaro Diego Herrera
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization


Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Guatemala - $ 6,678,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Sexual Health & Rights (20 %)

Health Promotion & Education (10 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Gender Equality (40 %)

Human Rights, Advocacy & Public Engagement (30 %)

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The five-year project “Rights and Justice for Women and Girls in Guatemala” (DEMUJERES) aims to increase the freedom, human dignity and empowerment of women and girls, especially Indigenous ones, by strengthening the protections against sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and access to justice.

The project targets three departments severely affected by violence issues: Alta Verapaz, Sololá and Chimaltenango, while supporting actions with a national scope. Given the magnitude and severity of the SGBV situation in Guatemala, the project takes a multi-dimensional approach for promoting the freedom and human dignity of women and Indigenous women by prioritizing three components:

1. Women’s empowerment for exercising their rights through the strengthening of women’s organizations and state structures that psychosocially, economically and judicially support SGBV victims and by strengthening women’s capacity to exercise their rights themselves.
2. Improving access to justice for Indigenous women and girls in the three departments and nationally by supporting justice players in the use of the normative framework.

3. Raising awareness among the populations in the targeted communities, especially men, media and institutional players, about the issues in the sexual and gender-based violence continuum, for contributing to a social climate conducive to women’s and girls’ rights.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Children, girls Children, boys
Descriptors: Urban Rural
Total Direct Population: 6,800
Total Indirect Population: 2,000,000
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

End result:
Increasing the freedom, human dignity and empowerment of women, especially Indigenous women and girls (IWG), with respect to the sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) continuum in three Guatemala departments.

Intermediate results:
1. Greater empowerment of women, especially Indigenous women and girls (IWG) in the Alta Verapaz, Sololá and Chimaltenango departments in exercising their rights to a violence-free life.

2. Improved access to justice for Indigenous women and girls (IWG) who are victims/survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) at the national and local levels in the Alta Verapaz, Sololá and Chimaltenango departments.

3. Increased respect for the human rights and integrity of Indigenous women and girls (IWG) by men, local public institutions, and civil society organizations (CSO)”; Effect”:” The project is in the start-up phase. The consultations and negotiations were conducted with implementation partners. The baseline was established, the diagnostics of the situation have begun.
Immediate result 1110: Improved access to the services of lawyers specializing in strategic litigation for individuals in a vulnerable situation (IVS) and victims of human rights violations, especially women.

Immediate result 1120: Good national and international practices in strategic litigation for human rights, especially those of women, girls and other IVS, are better documented, shared and implemented.

Immediate result 1210: Strengthened legal and judicial capacities of civil society to protect the rights of women, girls and other IVS who are victims of human rights violations and to demand that the State fulfil its obligations in this regard.

Immediate result 1220: Increased capacity of civil society to propose solutions and conduct advocacy with the state and international bodies for better access to justice for IVS, especially women, and to step up the fight against impunity and corruption.

Achieved Results



SRHR-related Indicators
  • # of advocacy and public engagement activities completed which are focused on SRHR
  • # of national laws, policies and strategies relating to SRHR implemented or strengthened
  • # of people who have experienced, or are at risk of, any form of SGBV that have received related services in the previous 12 months
  • # of women and girls, men and boys, demonstrating positive attitudes towards ending SGBV
  • # of women’s rights organizations and networks (international and local) advancing SRHR
MNCH-related indicators
  • Women’s groups/CSOs participating in the development of strategies and/or projects
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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