It is MIA’s mission to increase consciousness about the mistreatment of women in Guatemala, to improve socioeconomic conditions for Guatemalan women, to remove gender bias in the Guatemalan government, promote educational programs to reduce domestic violence and feminicide, and promote equal treatment for women. Our purpose is to help effect genuine and lasting change in the conditions for women in Guatemala.
Insist on the prosecution for rape and feminicide. To encourage the Guatemalan government to honor peace accords made to eliminate discrimination against women. Promote careers in the justice system to women in Guatemala. Press for judicial reform in Guatemala. Insist on progress toward prosecution of outstanding cases. To obtain reparations from the Guatemalan government. Obtain just and fair compensation for the survivors and families of massacred women. To create domestic violence intervention and prevention workshops for abused women in Guatemala. To improve social and economic conditions for Guatemalan women
In Guatemala, gender discrimination is part of the reality of life. Because of laws that discriminate against women and existing cultural values, violence against women is considered normal. Rape, sexual harassment, and domestic violence aren’t treated seriously by the justice system in Guatemala, so guilty men get away with crimes against women. This impunity reinforces discrimination enabling continued violence. Callous treatment by the justice system further victimizes women reporting crimes.
Organizations including the United Nations and Amnesty International have recognized the unjust treatment of women in Guatemalan courts. MIA was founded to help women organizations change the laws in Guatemala to better suit the needs of the victimized women.
Mujeres Iniciando en las Américas campaigns against gender bias and domestic violence in Guatemala. MIA provides support for organizations in Guatemala with similar missions, such as Sobrevivientes, a Guatemalan organization led by Nobel prize nominee Norma Cruz, who works for women’s rights in Guatemala. Norma Cruz was awarded an International Women of Courage Award by Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Sobrevivientes is a major source of information from Guatemala for MIA
Programs and Projects
MIA has applied for and won several grants to aid Sobrevivientes. One such grant from the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Fund (UUWF) paid for radio ads in Guatemala decrying violence against women. We have also obtained an anonymous grant from a private donor which is paid for Norma Cruz’s daughter to learn English. Another grant we obtained on behalf of Sobrevivientes paid for $12,000 of office equipment: desks, computers and other office needs.