Guatemala

Rescuing public spaces in Guatemala City

In the township of "La Paz" in an area of Guatemala City bordering on a landfill, a network of young people called "Young Leaders Peace Builders" is working to promote peaceful relations.

They started with a community assessment and found that the people in their community were in crisis. Relations between neighbors had deteriorated due to personal and community conflicts, and the delinquency rate was increasing day by day.

Local peace network handbook

Reflection and action guide for reducing local violence

This handbook is a tool to help community leaders implement urban peace-building programs.

The lessons here are particularly relevant to contested spaces in multi-cultural contexts, where people are suffering oppression from different forces, such as criminal groups, political tensions, economic exclusion, discrimination, etc. Most of these urban zones are also inhabited by people living under poverty and extreme poverty, like most marginal urban neighborhoods in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Certificate program: Human rights, local violence, and citizen security public policies in Central America

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), together with the Fundación Henry Dunant, is now accepting registrations for a certificate program that will be held May 25-Nov. 29, 2013, with distance-learning components and a face-to-face session in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The program’s objective is to bring a new human rights paradigm to policies addressing local violence in Central America.

Implementing local peace networks to reduce urban insecurity

In Haiti and Guatemala, implementing local peace networks is one way that organizations are working to reduce urban insecurity. AFSC convened practitioners to discuss their experiences with this approach and to formulate recommendations that can be applied in other communities. Read their report.

Mining, Violence, and Resistance in Guatemala

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 12:55pm

“Mining and Violence in Guatemala:  Indigenous Women Resist” will be the subject of a speech and video presentation with Victoria Cumes Jochola, of the Guatemalan women’s organization Tz’ununija.  She will discuss the work of indigenous Maya women who resist the impacts of the mining industry, which include contaminated rivers, leaky tailings ponds, and serious threats to public health.

Mining, Violence, and Resistance in Guatemala

Monday, April 4, 2011 - 6:30pm

“Mining and Violence in Guatemala:  Indigenous Women Resist” will be the subject of a speech and video presentation with Victoria Cumes Jochola, of the Guatemalan women’s organization Tz’ununija.  She will discuss the work of indigenous Maya women who resist the impacts of the mining industry, which include contaminated rivers, leaky tailings ponds, and serious threats to public health.

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