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Gender-based violence (GBV) is a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination. It is defined as violence that is directed against a person on the basis of gender. Gender-based violence reflects and reinforces inequalities between men and women.  Gender-based violence and violence against women are often used interchangeably as most gender-based violence is inflicted by men on women and girls.

“Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”

UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, 1993

MuJER is part of Guatemala’s “Network No to Violence,” an alliance of women’s organizations united to end violence against women and the impunity granted to perpetrators of violence.  We are dedicated to making available the research and documentation gathered by the Network and its partners.


The annual Day of No Violence protest march is held each year on November 25th in Guatemala City.  While thousands of women participate, traditionally, the women of our community have not.  Sex workers remained unorganized, and unrepresented, even though sex workers are disproportionally victimized by violence. The protest march sheds light on the level of violence against women in Guatemala and demands that the government take action to protect vulnerable populations.

Our first year working in the La Linea red light district, we were unable to convince one woman to march with us in the November 25 march.  The next year, six women joined us.  This year, 30 women wore MuJER t-shirts are marched as a group behind a MuJER banner.

Not only do the women march in the event, but through MuJER they have joined the Day of No Violence coordinating committee as MuJER Representatives, helping to organize the event.  In addition, sex workers meet women from other communities, link with other organizations, and find pride in standing up for themselves.


March 8th is the International Day of the Woman.  In Guatemala, the day is commemorated with a protest march through the streets of Guatemala’s capital.  The March 8th protest is not only a call for women’s rights, but it has also become a march to demand the elimination of violence against women in Guatemala. Women’s organizations have long participated in the event, but sex workers have not.  Through MuJER, many sex workers have now become actives participants in the annual event.

The number of women who have marched with MuJER has steadily increased, this year reaching 34 women, with each woman wearing a MuJER t-shirt and taking turns holding MuJER’s banner.   The women of MuJER united with other women’s groups in front of the presidential palace to demand that the government recognize its failure to enforce women’s basic rights.

Each year after the march, we host a lunch for all of our participants. Participation in these civic events links our community with other women’s groups and fosters in each woman a belief that she has the right to demand protection from violence regardless of her employment.

Golpear a Una Mujer es golpearnos a Todas

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MuJER is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status. Our Internal Revenue Code-Federal ID # is 26-2651100.