Improve Maya Women’s Access to Justice in Rural Guatemala

Project: Improve Maya Women’s Access to Justice in Rural Guatemala
Evaluation Date: March 2022
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

A project in rural Guatemala to improve Maya women’s access to justice yielded important lessons learned for all actors in this space, including: a) The importance of working vigilantly with community leaders, or alcaldía indigena, as they often determine whether cases of violence against women should be referred to the authorities, and play a key role in awareness and coordination for case management. These leaders need to be engaged meaningfully and strategically so that they, at a minimum, do not block justice processes. Some of them may even be perpetrators. b) Provision of legal support services will lead growing demand, so future projects need to establish a mechanism to respond while strengthening inter-institutional efforts to continuously provide these services. c) Survivors of gender-based violence need integrated support services throughout the process to seek justice, involving land titles, housing, childcare, income generation, and psychosocial support. Established relationships with organizations that can offer these services will help women access integrated support.

Theme: Women's empowerment, Rule of law
Project: Promoting political participation of marginalized populations in Ecuador
Evaluation Date: October 2011
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Although the project succeeded in achieving male-female parity during the training, the participation of women and young women in political life in Ecuador should be further strengthened. This is a key requirement for the indigenous movement, which has shown a willingness to develop specific training programmes for women on local participation, the practice of civic responsibility, and access to socio-economic and political rights.

Theme: Youth engagement
Project: Promoting Good Governance among Tribal Inhabitants in Bangladesh (PROGGATI)
Evaluation Date: December 2013
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project assumed that conditions for the poor tribal communities could be improved through increased awareness, capacity building and better communications. These elements can certainly contribute to improvements for marginalized groups and for strengthened governance, but the problems in the region are highly complex and the actors themselves are not homogenous within groups. For example, some groups have not accepted the 1997 Peace Accord and still want a separate state.

Theme: Community activism
Project: Strengthening Democratic Participation of Maya Communities in Rural Guatemala
Evaluation Date: June 2015
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Prior to the project, women’s representation in local governance was minimal with just one woman representative across all the 13 micro regions. There was also no possibility for women’s active participation. Forging partnerships in Guatemala with other organizations working on gender promotion resulted in Q’echi Maya women’s effective representation in both the urban and rural development councils. Following the project there are 13 women in 13 micro regions – one woman representative per micro region. They are invited council meetings and have the right to participate actively.

Theme: Community activism