Twenty-two years ago, men, women, and children in Guatemala's highlands were brutally massacred in a state-sponsored genocide during the country's decades-long civil war.
USAID sponsored six women leaders to represent Guatemala at the Global Summit for Women in Mexico City in June 2005. After returning, they requested a meeting with First Lady Wendy de Berger to report on the summit’s objectives for economic and social development in poor, rural communities.
“I see this alliance as an advantage because the young people in Guatemala are very diverse and at the same time very similar.
Over the radio comes the question: “Is it true that boys must have sexual relations in order to develop physically into manhood?” Immediately, a listener calls in and says, “Yes.”
The 40-year civil war in Guatemala destroyed the country’s social capital and contributed to highest poverty in the hemisphere. Despite this, economic opportunity exists in the form of trade expansion both within the region and with the United States and Mexico.
Last updated: November 20, 2014