Today we're looking at an organisation in Guatemala that is supported by UN Women UK.
The Guatemalan Civil War was a 36-year-long armed conflict between the military and guerilla groups and killed at least 200,000 people. Many of the dead have not been identified yet, and thousands of families in Guatemala have not found closure.
Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, 63, is one of those families. She is also a human rights activist and co-founded CONAVIGUA—a widow’s association of women whose husbands, sons and daughters had been either killed or disappeared during the conflict.
Her organization was instrumental behind setting up a memorial for victims of the conflict in Comalapa called the “Center for the Historical Memory of Women”. Walls are painted in traditional murals by women artists from the region and this helps brings closure to many of the indigenous women.
CONAVIGUA also provides mental health services for women survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. UN Women supports CONAVIGUA to advance women’s, and indigenous women’s rights to truth, justice, and reparation to break the cycle of violence against women.
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