Violence Against Women in Politics in Guatemala

In Guatemala, the underrepresentation of women and indigenous peoples in politics casts a shadow over the quality of the country’s democracy, and one of the key reasons for this underrepresentation is violence against women in politics.

This violence can take many forms, from assault and rape to social media harassment and chauvinist and misogynist practices. The purpose of such crimes is to undermine, limit or dismiss the execution of a woman’s political rights, and action must be taken to ensure the equal participation of everyone in political life.

To this end, NIMD Guatemala has put forward a series of recommendations on tackling violence against women in politics in the country, and working towards a more level – and safe – playing field for all.