FINALIST: Improving Maya Women's Access to Justice in Rural Guatemala

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Improving Maya Women’s Access to Justice in Rural Guatemala
Women’s Justice Initiative, Guatemala

ABOUT: The Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI) works to prevent gender-based violence and improve the lives of indigenous Guatemalan women and girls through education, access to legal services, and by strengthening public institutions. This project addresses the gaps in services for survivors of violence in rural communities through a community-based, holistic legal empowerment approach, combining rights education with accessible legal services and justice system capacity building. By working at the individual, community, and municipal levels, WJI changes social norms that condone violence against women, increases access to justice for Maya women and girls, and protects fundamental human rights in rural Guatemala.

Learn more about this project on the World Justice Challenge website.