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For Female Mayors in Guatemala, Facing Discrimination is Part of the Job

Region: Guatemala

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Of the 71 community mayors currently serving in Sololá municipality in southwestern Guatemala, only four are women. They spoke with Global Press Journal about discrimination, politics and their region’s shifting views on gender roles.

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For Female Theater Troupe in Guatemala, Drama Is Platform for Gender Issues

Region: AmericasGuatemala

Topics: CultureHuman Rights

Using drama and music, a group of women addresses some of their community’s most controversial and personal challenges, including gender violence.

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Midwives Tapped to Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates in Guatemala

Region: AmericasGuatemala

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Most indigenous women seek the assistance of a midwife during their pregnancy and the Guatemalan government has tapped these women to help reduce maternal mortality rates. The midwives, called comadronas locally, employ ancestral practices from Mayan cultures. Government workshops, which aim to help comadronas learn things such as detecting complications, are part of a global effort to improve the health of pregnant women.

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Guatemalan Man Fights Paternal Alcohol Tradition

Region: AmericasGuatemala

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Six years ago, Vicente Bocel managed to break away from his alcoholism. But Bocel, 68, was troubled when he saw fathers passing their drinking on to their sons of 11 to 13 years old. He started a counseling group to help stop the tradition of alcohol problems being transferred from one generation to the next and is trying to spread the word.

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Guatemalan Women Face Sexual Harassment, Discrimination While Husbands Work Abroad

Region: AmericasGuatemala

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

In Guatemala’s Sololá department, an 85 percent poverty rate drives men to go where the jobs are – the U.S. The wives these migrants leave behind endure sexual harassment, gender inequities and restrictions on their personal liberties. They’re denied respect, social observers say, and society imposes heavy expectations.

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Pushed into the Workforce by Poverty, Many Guatemalan Children Struggle to Succeed in School

Region: AmericasGuatemala

Topics: BusinessEducationHuman Rights

Today is the 13th annual United Nations’ World Day Against Child Labor. Nearly 10 percent of Guatemalan children work before and after school to help their families make ends meet. Often weary and distracted, these children have trouble mastering their studies. Some drop out, questioning the practical value of an education in their communities’ economies.

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Indigenous Guatemalan Women are Standing Up to Entrenched Domestic Violence

Region: AmericasGuatemala

Topics: HealthHuman RightsPolitics

Guatemalan women are standing up to abuse; nationwide, complaints of domestic violence increased nearly fourfold in the five years after the nation enacted a tough new law against partner abuse.

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