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|Project ID||00067146||Description||MDGF-1660-B-GTM Gender|
|Fund||Start Date *:||11 Sep 2007|
MDGF Gender Equal & Empowermt
|Project status||Operationally Closed|
Guatemala is a signatory to various instruments for protecting women’s human rights, among them the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women and the American Convention on Human Rights.
In order to meet these international commitments, the “Política Nacional de Promoción y Desarrollo de las Mujeres Guatemaltecas” and its “Plan de Equidad de Oportunidades 2001-2006” (National Policy for the Promotion and Development of Guatemalan Women and its Plan for Equal Opportunity, known respectively as PNPDMG and PEO) were published in 2001 by the Secretaria Presidencial de la Mujer (SEPREM) (Presidential Secretariat for Women).
Nevertheless, significant advances in the status of women, particularly indigenous and rural women, have been impeded by the fact that this Policy and its accompanying Plan have not been incorporated institutionally into the government bodies and their implementation has been limited at all levels.
Now that the Policy’s period of validity has come to an end, the evaluation that is currently being carried out concludes that the main obstacles to institutionalizing and implementing it were, among other factors, scant participation by some government bodies in the design process, high turnover of personnel, weak follow-up and evaluation systems and a lack of political will to assign priority to the policy.
The 2007 Policy update incorporates the strategic alliance of SEPREM and DEMI (Defensoría de la Mujer Indígena, Office for the Defence of Indigenous Women), and the purpose of this Joint United Nations Programme was to support its institutionalization and implementation over the next three years by strengthening capabilities at the three governmental levels and in civil society.
Strengthening the Presidential Secretariat for Women, the Ombudsman for Indigenous Women and the mechanisms of local government for the advancement of women, facilitating the integration of the National Policy and Development of Guatemalan Women and its Implementation Plan 2008-2012 in the planning and budgeting at state institutions at national and local levels.
Output 1.1: the Presidential Secretariat for Women, SEPREM, and the Defence of Indigenous Women, DEMI, has been strengthened allowing the integration of the National Policy of Promotion of the women of Guatemala in the state agencies plans and budgets, both nationally and locally.
Strategies to move forward in the implementation of the global axes of the National Policy on the Promotion and Development of Guatemalan Women and its Implementation Plan 2008-2012 for the eradication of violence , discrimination and racism against women, economic and productive development with equity, and equity in social and political participation, are designed and implemented by the relevant main institutions of central government and local governments.
Output 2.1 women, girls and adolescents, especially indigenous and rural women, have greater access to comprehensive, multisectoral, culturally and ethno-linguistic relevant services to prevent and respond to violence, discrimination and racism against them.
Output 2.2: women positioning has improved in the economy especially indigenous and rural women through specific policies and services in support of female entrepreneurship processes.
Output 2.3: An increased number of women, especially indigenous and rural women, participate in decision-making processes in the social, political and economic fields, at municipal, departmental and national levels.
Output 2.4: a national monitoring and evaluation system to measure the institutionalization and implementation of the Policy by the relevant governmental institutions at national and local level has been strengthened.
More details can be found in the final project report: http://mptf.undp.org/document/download/8471
If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Guatemala or the lead agency for the programme.