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Women’s Justice Initiative

Miami Springs, United States
Joined November 2017

WJI improves the lives of indigenous Guatemalan women and girls through education, access to legal services and gender-based violence prevention.

Presence in: Guatemala
Focus: Education, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights

WJI is building a more equitable world for Mayan women and girls by combating gender inequality and violence against women and girls. Through an innovative community-based approach, WJI is improving the lives of women and girls by increasing their access to justice and improving their ability to exercise their rights to live free from violence.

WJI believes that community-based responses are critical to successfully combating gender-based violence and gender inequality in rural Guatemala. Without support from their communities, women and girls face significant obstacles in exercising their rights to live free from violence. In response, WJI works closely with key community leaders and stakeholders to build a response to inequality and violence that is developed by and for their communities.

WJI addresses the challenges indigenous Maya-Kaqchikel women face by providing free, culturally grounded, legal aid, bilingual education, leadership training, and empowerment initiatives in 24 communities in rural Guatemala through its four programs: Women’s Rights Education, Legal Services, Community Advocates, and Adolescent Girls.

People Associated With This Organization

Kate Flatley

Women’s Justice Initiative
Joined November 2017
Interests: Education, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
I am founder and Executive Director of the Women's Justice Initiative and I am a lawyer with ten years’ experience working for nonprofit organizations developing and managing projects and conducting research in the fields of human rights, access to justice, education, and public health. I have worked on projects in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Before founding the Women’s Justice Initiative, as a Pfizer-Center for Global Health Scholar, I led a health and human rights research project with migrant workers in Guatemala. At WJI, we are building a more equitable world for Mayan women and girls by combating gender inequality and violence against women and girls. We hope to learn from a global network of community advocates who also are fighting for access to justice and legal empowerment.

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Katharine Richardson

Women’s Justice Initiative
Joined November 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Livelihoods, Women's Rights
I am the Director of Communications and Development for Women's Justice Initiative in Guatemala. Prior to WJI, I worked for a community development organization in DC (LISC), where I supported local initiatives related to community ownership, cooperatives, and equitable development.

Lidia Viviana Tzay Patal

Women’s Justice Initiative (Unverified)
Joined May 2019
Interests: Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Women's Rights
Lidia Viviana Tzay Patal, es la Directora y abogada litigante del Programa de Asesoría Legal de la Iniciativa de los Derechos de la Mujer con sede en la ciudad de Guatemala, donde brindan oportunidades a mujeres guatemaltecas indígenas para que puedan abordar desigualdades y mejorar sus vidas a través de la asesoría legal, educación, y prevención de la violencia contra la mujer y la niña. Actualmente trabaja en casos legales de violencia contra las mujeres ante el sistema de justicia y buscar justicia para las mujeres y las niñas; y de esta manera empodera a las mujeres y niñas a ejercer sus derechos. Antes de laborar para IDM, trabajo en instituciones donde se lucha por los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, las trabajadoras y derechos de las mujeres a vivir una vida sin violencia. Es mujer maya hablante Kaqchiquel y posee una amplia experiencia en el campo legal y formación en diversos temas.

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