Authorities Highlight Advances for the Protection of Women in Guatemala

Representatives of the Government of Guatemala participated in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN-. Different government authorities participated in the constructive dialogue at the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women -CEDAW-.

The Secretary of the Presidential Secretariat for Women, -Seprem-, who led the Guatemalan delegation, explained how Guatemalan institutions work to guarantee assistance, respect, and fulfillment of women’s rights.

Protection of Indigenous Women

During the meeting, the authorities explained the actions developed in Guatemala to protect women, especially those of indigenous descent.

These strategies ensure a fair process for this group to preserve their culture and ethnicity. They also address the access that women with disabilities and indigenous women have to basic services.


The Convention is based on an international treaty focused on promoting strategies for gender equality and eradicating discrimination against women in all its forms.

The committee is composed of 23 experts in women’s rights who are responsible for verifying that processes are in place to optimize the improvement of women’s conditions in each country.

Guatemala has joined the efforts of the CEDAW and, under this commitment, has submitted a report every four years.

The Seprem Secretary reported on several topics under discussion for the first time. These are related to government actions for equity between men and women, economic empowerment, and access to financial products.

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