The case has the potential to be precedent setting, with lawyers alleging that Hudbay was negligent in it’s monitoring of its Guatemalan subsidiary. The court proceedings are the first time that foreigners have been able to pursue a Canadian company in the Canadian courts. In November the women travelled to Guatemala for the first “discovery” phase of the proceedings, which saw them facing hundreds of questions from lawyers. A staff member of the Office for the Protection of Women talking to women about their rights and the institutions that can help them in cases of violence. Canadian funds helped refurbish the offices by remodelling infrastructure, providing furniture, lighting, providing special areas for children. This response does not purport either to be an exhaustive study of the country under review or to provide conclusive evidence as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. We have dozens of renewable energy demonstrations that we will continue to monitor for 12 months.

  • One day Mayra was invited by friends to participate in a workshop offered by the City Hall.
  • Canadian funds helped refurbish the offices by remodelling infrastructure, providing furniture, lighting, providing special areas for children.
  • Nevertheless, the GGM has also handled cases of women married to millionaires and belonging to the country’s wealthy elite.
  • It wasn’t so much that I didn’t see the beauty in the traje of the primarily indigenous Guatemalan women, but that I couldn’t relate to it.
  • Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

GGM uses the recurso de exhibición personal which is a proceeding that allows the police to enter a home, following a court order, to verify the presence of a woman subjected to domestic violence. If the woman has suffered physical injuries that remain visible for longer than about 10 days, her spouse could be sentenced to prison. The GGM cannot appeal to the MINUGUA, since domestic violence is not within its field of jurisdiction. However, it can intervene indirectly by reprimanding a police officer for having been remiss in his obligation to act in a case of domestic violence.

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative believes that everyone can learn about renewable energy and that young Guatemalan women deserve a class specifically set up for them. We are now working with women teachers to set up a Tech-Ed class on Electric Circuits and Renewable Energy for young Guatemalan women. Women’s education through ATC’s “Teach Guatemalan Women Solar” workshops will provide young Guatemalan women with an education and the skills to become solar technicians. In Canada, eleven indigenous Guatemalan women are in the process of taking a multinational mining company to court. The women allege that in 2007, police officers, soldiers, and private security personnel attacked their village of Lote Ocho, in eastern Guatemala, and burned dozens of homes in a bid to drive the community from their ancestral land.

It should be kept in mind that, given the absence of a shelter in Guatemala, the victim of domestic violence initiates her complaint while she is still living with her husband, which sometimes places her in a vulnerable situation. Friendship Bridge is a registered 501 nonprofit social enterprise creating opportunities that empower women in Guatemala to build a better life. We work primarily with indigenous women in Guatemalan in rural areas where the rate of poverty in Guatemala is the highest. While illiteracy and poverty rates are staggering in these regions, the women we work with are determined to create a change. Executive Director John Barrie will be in Guatemala in August to start the search for a new Guatemala Lab space for ATC. John will be in the village where we are working on the wind turbines to check in on the weavers and get their feedback on the process so far.

Without a doubt, the increased generosity and commitment to our mission are the very elements allowing us to continue making incredible strides in our work to create opportunities that empower Guatemalan women to build a better life. One lesson we learned on this project is that the technical classes we offer in renewable energy are mostly attended by men.

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Several days later, the women say they were repeatedly raped by men linked to the mine, including some wearing uniform, and it this incident that is the subject of the court proceedings. Two other lawsuits – involving the killing of a community activist, and a shooting that left a young man paralysed, both in 2009 – have also been filed. Furthermore, it asks that a deed of separation be drawn up or divorce proceedings instituted. These requests are submitted to a judge with appropriate jurisdiction, who summons the parties to resolve the problem.

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The maximum size for the woven wind turbine is limited but for our purposes we can make low cost and functional turbines that suit the needs of schools, street lighting or several households. We can even make a simple very low cost wind generator that is equivalent to a 20 watt solar panel, and we can make it in Guatemala out of locally available parts. Unfortunately police officers have not received the necessary sensitization to domestic violence for them to intervene effectively. In practice, police still treat cases of spousal abuse as private acts that take place within the home and concern only the man and his wife. Article 16 of the Guatemalan constitution forbids police to enter a person’s home.

At the time of the interview, the director said that the GGM would be opening the first shelter for such women in Guatemala in the near future . The GGM’s objective was not only to shelter these women but also to give them the means to be able to change their situation by explaining to them the reasons for, and causes of, the domestic violence directed at them. GGM hoped to give the women the tools to enable them to reach a decision to leave a home in which they are victims of violence and to go and live alone or together with other women who have had the same experience. It is very difficult for the Guatemalan population in general to obtain justice, and even more so for women. Domestic violence affects women of all social classes in Guatemala, but the GGM deals mainly with middle and working class women.

Whether in Vietnam or Guatemala, we have been empowering impoverished women for over 25 years. We believe that microcredit must be Guatemala dating combined with education and preventive health services to help clients build resilience and pursue their chosen opportunities.

This source of electricity will allow residents to power laptops and cell phones while also providing additional light when necessary. Implementing a small scale device has the advantage of easier manufacturing and encourages the community spirit of those contributing. It is the goal of our team to turn the entire project over to the empowered local women and technicians once our role helping to set up a sustainable operation is complete. By using locally available materials and working with local technicians and weavers the project will be able to achieve local autonomy. The Appropriate Technology Collaborative has been working in the village of Nueva Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, Guatemala for several years. We have projects to improve the water supply and we have had a successful solar lighting project in the surrounding hills where people live without access to electricity. We have been working with the NSCI Development Committee to discuss how we could help create new economic opportunity.

It may be quite plain or embellished with glitter, elaborate designs, tassels, or pom-poms. The outcome of the lawsuit could have a big impact on the mining industry in Canada. Campaigners are hoping that this case, and others like it, will provide new avenues to hold multinational companies operating via subsidiaries overseas. One day Mayra was invited by friends to participate in a workshop offered by the City Hall.

By working with the Municipal Offices for Prevention of Violence against Women in these three cities, the project fostered the creation of women support networks. Although COVID-19 had the potential to set our progress back by decades, 2020 ended up far better than we could have ever imagined. We invite you to read through our 2020 Annual Report to learn more about who we are and to understand the true breadth of all we were able to accomplish together as a team and community in 2020.

We also visited a new school that doesn’t have electricity in Tzununa on Lake Atitlan that may be a good candidate for our first production model wind turbine. Interview with the director of the Guatemalan Women’s Group (Grupo Guatemalteco de Mujeres-GGM), carried out in Guatemala on 13 March 1997. The GGM is a non-governmental organization that helps women who are victims of domestic violence. The GGM is the only non-governmental Guatemalan organization that has a shelter for abused women. Working with our Guatemalan staff and local teaching legend Michael Smith, we created a course that teaches students with basic math and reading skills about electricity, circuits and solar design. The class is a big hit with a waiting list but, only one young Guatemalan woman signed up. We asked why and found that while young women have a strong interest in technical subjects and even more interest in solar, they don’t usually take technical classes with men.

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