Utz Che'

Project: Tz’unun: Ending Environmental Violence Against Indigenous Women in Guatemala through Empowerment in Community Forestry, Agroecology, and Collective Healing Spaces
Country:
Guatemala
Period of Performance:
January 2021 - June 2022
RISE Competition Round 2:
2020

Community Forestry Association of Guatemala Utz Che’ (Utz Che’) is partnering with Trees, Water & People to implement the project in Guatemala: Tz’unun: Ending Environmental Violence Against Indigenous Women in Guatemala through Empowerment in Community Forestry, Agroecology, and Collective Healing Spaces. The project will be implemented with guidance of an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University with expertise in gendered dynamics of resource access and use.

This team is addressing GBV in community forestry in southern and eastern Guatemala, where natural resource conflicts are an extension of past and recurring injustices to rural communities, particularly to indigenous women. Utz Che’ and its partners are working with 23 indigenous, multicultural, and campesino communities to empower 400 women through community forestry and agroecology. The partner is also providing collective healing spaces, which are spaces for women to share their experiences with GBV, receive guidance on how to identify specific GBV challenges, and collectively build solutions. This project is supporting women’s associations’ efforts to promote food sovereignty, economic entrepreneurship, and forest protection.


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