Guatemala’s Women: Moving Their Country Forward


Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer reflects on her recent visit to Guatemala for the launch of the Mujeres Adelante program on the U.S. Department of State DipNote Blog.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of State DipNote Blog.

“From the first time I visited with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1998, Guatemala’s natural beauty and the warmth of its people, particularly the strength of its women despite many hardships, have left me with a special affinity for this Central American country. However, it has also long been a place rife with challenges. Even after the 1996 peace accords were signed to end the 36-year internal conflict, Guatemala has continued to struggle with malnutrition, poverty, corruption, organized crime, and high rates of violence against women.

Despite these challenges, my recent visit to the country has convinced me that Guatemala is beginning to address them, particularly gender-based violence (GBV) and other crimes. A big part of this change is due to women’s leadership in key positions. Read the rest of this entry »

Youth leadership conference strengthens partnerships between NGOs in the region


Exchanging experiences and best practices in youth leadership was the motive for a meeting in El Progreso, Honduras, with different organizations from Central America working on the social impact of youth.

Héctor Mena
Redacción Voces

The meeting was organized by OYE Honduras with the support of Seattle International Foundation. “The idea came from Seattle, to unite all member institutions to provide stronger knowledge, strengthen relationships, and improve the work we are developing with the youth of Central America”, said Sam Rioux, Development Coordinator at OYE Honduras.

According to Marisol Fuentes, Executive Director of OYE, choosing their institution to host the conference was a challenge, because it was the first time they were part of an event of this magnitude. “We took the challenge and the result is palpable, all the organizations that participated left with a great experience,” said Fuentes.
The organizations invited to the conference were Ashoka Central America (El Salvador), Global Visionaries (Guatemala), Teensmart (Nicaragua), Incide Joven (Guatemala), and Fundación Comunicándonos (El Salvador).

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DPLF and Central American partners participate in a hearing before the IACHR


Written by Mirte Postema, Senior Program Officer for Judicial Independence, Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF)

DPLF and Central American partners participate in a hearing before the IACHR to address the transparent and meritrocratic selection of Supreme Court judges and judicial independence in Central America.

On Thursday, November 1st, the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF), along with six other Central American organizations, participated in a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS) responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights in the western hemisphere. Participating institutions included:  The Myrna Mack Foundation, the Association of Non-Governmental Organizations of Honduras (ASONOG), Foundation Studies for the Application of Law of El Salvador (FESPAD), the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), the Permanent Commission of Human Rights of Nicaragua (CPDH), and Citizens Alliance for Justice of Panama.

The hearing addressed the issue of judicial independence and rule of law in Central America, and aimed to inform the IACHR on major structural problems Central American countries are facing in their judicial systems. Ultimately, judicial officers are in charge of protecting the rights of the people, and if they do not do their job properly or do not do it at all, it is the citizens who suffer the consequences.

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