Recent workshop empowers indigenous women
Since the project was funded, we held a workshop to empower indigenous women. We hosted the workshop on intercultural research from 11 to 12 November in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala with 30 indigenous leaders as participants. The goal was to enhance the work of the Indigenous Women Watch against Violence, led by the International Indigenous Women's Forum. Thanks to your support, the workshop promoted the strengthening of indigenous women’s skills to design and carry out intercultural research. The participants were indigenous women, traditional authorities, spiritual leaders, and female leaders from grass root organizations. The trained women will hold further communal meetings to train communal leaders at diverse levels. This process is part of our main goal to achieve indigenous women’s empowerment and enable women to became key actor in the healing, prevention, and elimination of violence.
Risks and challenges
The group did not report any risks or challenges.
The results of the workshop are very important to indigenous women and girls because the resulting plans and efforts are designed and implemented by them. It is fundamental that indigenous women are central to the process. Moving forward, Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indigenas will systematize information and the results of the workshops, create documents as advocacy tools, and continue to disseminate publications and host presentation in key arenas.
To date, we spent $5,500 of the budget and have made no changes to the original budget.
|Line Items||Original budget||Amount spent so far|
|Workshops, trainings, and administration||$14,500||$5,500|
Thank you again for your support! The grant payment process requires extensive communication with the organization and their bank, and due to strict requirements in Latin America, the process can be longer than anticipated. This organization has only recently received its Catapult funding through the Global Fund for Women, and is in the process of implementing its project and completing their progress report. Please check back for a full update on the progress of this group after December 15th!
Indigenous Women’s Watch works to ensure that indigenous women actively participate in leading their communities to recognize and reduce violence.
Why we care: Indigenous women of the Mayan K'iche' communities of Guatemala experience discrimination and are at risk for violence.
How we're solving this: Training more than 200 indigenous women and girls, public officials, spiritual leaders, female leaders of nonprofit organizations, and community groups on how to prevent and reduce violence against women, as well as provide support for survivors.
Mayan K'iche' women are highly susceptible to experiencing gender-based violence; one in five will experience rape, domestic violence or sexual exploitation. In whatever form it takes, gender-based violence is a violation of human dignity. Lack of awareness and advocacy against these issues make it difficult to establish public policies and laws to protect the women. In addition, the governments of Mayan K'iche' communities frequently argue that they need more data, both quantitative and qualitative, on violence against indigenous women in order to create legal protections. Much of women’s struggles therefore go unseen.
Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indigenas (FIMI) created the “Indigenous Women’s Watch against Violence” initiative to advocate for women in Central America and Mexico. The initiative creates a space where indigenous women’s voices are heard and their battles are brought to the attention of the government. Indigenous Women’s Watch is striving to ensure that indigenous women actively participate in leading their communities to recognize and reduce violence.
The initiative will train over 200 indigenous women and girls, public officials, spiritual leaders, female leaders of nonprofit organizations, and community groups on how to prevent and reduce violence against women, as well as provide support for survivors. Participants will become advocates and human rights defenders in their communities, encouraging others to speak out against violence. With the support of their communities and prevention skills at hand, indigenous women will be empowered to create lasting change in ending violence against women.