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“This space is meant to influence our communities”

Guatemala has one of the lowest rates of political participation of women in Latin America, with only 3% of women in municipalities, which is why at CARE we work together with female leaders to strengthen their strategies and skills to influence policies at a community and municipal level. 

For two days, we brought together 60 female leaders from Escuintla, Retalhuleu, and Suchitepéquez, who learned about the experience of the political platform for women, LEYDEM, and then they conceptualized their demands and built their own political positioning.

“It is important to demand municipal and institutional authorities to help making changes; this space is meant to influence our communities,” said Eduardo González, representative of AECID.

Rogelia Soto, country director of CARE Guatemala, highlighted the importance of the active participation of female leaders. “Hearing about the struggles all of you face encourages us to keep working for the development of women”. 

The female leaders identified the problems they wanted to address and defined specific actions to promote policies in favor of women.

“I had expectations when I came, and all of them have been met.  This time has been worth it, I hope that we can overcome our battles out in the field,” said Fulvia Pu, a member of the Women’s organization Las Luciérnagas, from Retalhuleu.

At CARE, we are convinced that the struggles that women fight to overcome in their communities has an impact on the lives of other women nationwide.