‘I am tired of it’: Femicides spark outrage across Guatemala

Women are protesting in Guatemala after recent murders fuel sorrow and calls for action.

Sandra Cuffe has written in Al Jazeera about a weekend of action in Guatemala where the recent murder of a university student has sparked sorrow, outrage, and calls for action.

More than 200 women were killed in the first eight months of this year in the Central American nation, and more than 3,000 women and girls have been killed since 2015, according to human rights groups tracking government statistics.

The overwhelming majority of the cases remain unsolved.

Social work student Litzy Amelia Cordón, 20, was abducted Monday and her body was found the next day in Teculután, a municipality 130km (80 miles) east of the capital. Primary school teacher Laura Daniela Hernández, 22, was murdered there the week before.

In addition, there was a remembrance of the 2017 tragedy when forty-one teenage girls burned to death inside a state-run facility and 15 others were injured after the girls had reported being sexually assaulted and forced into prostitution in the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción shelter. Their protests were ignored.

You can read the full piece, including photos of the events, here in Al Jazeera.



Categories: Culture, Gender, Genocide, Guatemala, Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Violence

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