Two of the women who reported evil forces at work in their lives, Luz and Gema, turned to a priest or religious person to help provide spiritual guidance. Gema was abused by her husband when she left the home to work to provide for her children, and she was afraid that her son was beginning to emulate her husband’s habits of drinking, drugs, and abuse.

While the cost of medical appointments is very affordable through the public system, facilities can range from basic to very rudimentary. Private hospitals and clinics offer more comfortable and private facilities, multilingual staff, and much shorter waiting times. Of particular concern is that it is ranked as the most malnourished country in Central American and the fourth most in the world. The combination of a corn-heavy diet and poverty means that the most vulnerable citizens don’t have much in the way of access to their country’s abundance of agricultural production. In addition to poverty, citizens must contend with corruption, police brutality, and gang-related violence. There is no denying that Guatemala is a developing country that still bears the scars of a 36-year long civil war.

Is it possible for a foreign man and a Guatemalan girl date each other? Meeting Guatemalan women is easy when you’re in Guatemala, but you can also use any Guatemalan dating app in America to date girls online. Keep in mind to respect their traditions, be open and friendly, and you will succeed. However, speaking of international dating, it can be much more difficult, as girls from different countries have different expectations and preferences. Thus, the tricks you use for dating Western women may not work for dating Guatemalan girls. Traditionally, Guatemalan people are very connected with their families and keep this connection for their whole lives.

The political participation of women at this local level, according to official data for 2009, 190 women were part of the CODEDES along with 881 men. Women’s participation is still in minor seats with no decision taking responsibilities. Notwithstanding the documented progress of the implementation, many of the commitments are still pending and their validity as a social pact continues to be weak.

The law permits abortion only when a pregnancy threatens the life of the woman. Teen pregnancy remains high; in 2017, underage marriages were outlawed, though the law is not effectively enforced. While there are no permanent restrictions on free movement, violence and the threat of violence by gangs and organized criminal groups inhibits this right in practice and has prompted the displacement of thousands of people. Guatemalans have their free movement restricted due to government-imposed states of siege and prevention. The Giammattei administration has also declared states of siege, which restrict constitutional guarantees and allow for the deployment of security forces. Authorities have at times justified such measures on the presence of armed groups and the need to restore order.

Given the post-conflict nature of the Guatemalan State a follow up is needed on the Peace Accords related to women, contributing to the consolidation of peace and respect for human rights. To face the new challenges that affect women like crime, social conflicts and organized crime, it also includes strengthening the security and justice sector. Panajachel is a Western highland town in the department of Sololá, with a population of approximately 16,000 . The region is considered one of the safest parts of Guatemala, but experiences of violence, particularly gender-based and family violence, are still common. Prior to the initial fieldwork period, a surge in kidnappings spurred the creation of a municipal security commission.

Other institutions are the Ombudsman’s office for the defense of women; Gender Units in each of the Ministries; and the Vice-President’s Special Cabinet for Women , with 17 member institutions. Special attention will be given to the Municipal Offices for Women – OMM – to respond to women’s demands at the municipal level and responsible for the promotion of women’s participation and development planning. Our findings are subject to three primary limitations regarding measuring violence. Secondly, even though our survey sample demographics were similar to those found in Panajachel, our rates of violence are likely not representative of the nation as a whole since the Department of Sololá is known to be one of the safest regions in the country.

The demand of the women for transforming justice embodied in the 2008 Huehuetenango Declaration, concluded in 2011 with the First Court of Conscience On Sexual Violence Against Women in Guatemala. This Court sanctioned, as a message of impunity and permissiveness, the lack of diligence to investigate and prosecute sex crimes and the absence of policies to prevent them. In 2014, the Sepur Zarco sexual slavery case reached the judicial phase in the national court, this is a historic moment being the first case of this nature to come to trial. Women in Guatemala represent 51.2% of the total 15.8 million, estimated for 2014. Despite these advances only 2% of the municipalities are run by women; more than 4,000 girls years of age give birth every year; and 759 women died by violence in 2013.

The current study aims to explore the ways in which such an environment threatens the health, security, comfort, peace of mind, interpersonal relationships, and agency of Maya women. In Guatemala, specifically, access to health services that could help suffering men and women are severely limited. In 2002, Hannah Roberts reported that 40% of the country had no state mental health services, and the other 60% was served by only 44 state psychiatrists and 61 state psychologists . A national mental health policy was enacted from 2007–2015 that significantly increased the number of psychologists throughout the country, but overall availability of mental health workers remains low at 47.78 workers per 100,000 people .

In September, the minister of health resigned after weeks of demonstrations against the government’s handling of the pandemic and the collapse of the hospital network. Recent investigations of electoral and party finance corruption have shed light on the influence of unelected and illicit groups over the government. In July 2021, a US State Department report claimed that several individuals, including current and former Guatemalan government officials, are suspected of corruption. Elections at the national and local levels are competitive, and new parties routinely gain significant quotas of power. Guatemalan politics are unstable, and power rotates between parties frequently, which can discourage a traditional opposition from coalescing.