Final Evaluation: Eradicating Violence against Women and Girls and Improving Access to Justice for Maya Rural Women through Culture-based Community Interventions (Guatemala)
Grantee: Women’s Justice Initiative
Grant Period: February 2016 – January 2019
Grant Amount: $110,000
The project “Eradicating Violence against Women and Girls and Improving Access to Justice for Maya Rural Women through Culture-based Community Interventions” was implemented by the Women’s Justice Initiative to reduce gender-based violence in the indigenous-majority municipality of Patzún in Guatemala. The project sought to:
- ensure that local women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence have improved access to the services they need;
- train police officers and community leaders to better support survivors of gender-based violence;
- improve women’s access to legal support; and
- change harmful social norms in Patzún that help perpetuate gender-based violence.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- The project achieved its main goals, improving women’s and girls’ access to justice in Patzún municipality.
- Community leaders in 15 of the 16 communities engaged by the project developed action plans to reduce the incidence of gender-based violence.
- Local communities adopted a set of inter-institutional protocols to facilitate coordination between service providers and improve the support provided to women and girls.