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Marching for change

Guatemala, August 15, 2011

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Hundreds of women in Guatemala paraded through the streets of Cobán on March 8 — International Women's Day — with a palpable feeling of pride and hope for the future. This was also a special day for Mercy Corps, as it marked the launch of our Empowering Women’s Leadership in Conflict Resolution project in Guatemala.

For the first time, women are being asked to not only participate in the conversation about land conflict, but to take an active role in resolving a problem that continues to plague their communities.

Through funding by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mercy Corps is training indigenous women in the Alta Verapaz region of Guatemala to become peaceful mediators of land conflict. The program aims to not only increase women’s knowledge of land issues and rights, but to also grow their leadership roles in policy and mediation processes.

Watch a clip of the launch event and an interview from Mercy Corps' Armida Tejeda, courtesy of Guatevision (in Spanish).