Several days later, the women say they were repeatedly raped by men linked to the mine, including some wearing uniform, and it this incident that is the subject of the court proceedings. Two other lawsuits – involving the killing of a community activist, and a shooting that left a young man paralysed, both in 2009 – have also been filed. Furthermore, it asks that a deed of separation be drawn up or divorce proceedings instituted. These requests are submitted to a judge with appropriate jurisdiction, who summons the parties to resolve the problem.

  • The GGM proceeds to draw up the person’s complaint on a form on which are also entered the various measures to be taken to ensure that the woman is no longer mistreated by her spouse.
  • In November the women travelled to Guatemala for the first “discovery” phase of the proceedings, which saw them facing hundreds of questions from lawyers.
  • It is very difficult for the Guatemalan population in general to obtain justice, and even more so for women.
  • We have projects to improve the water supply and we have had a successful solar lighting project in the surrounding hills where people live without access to electricity.
  • We have expanded our work to include teaching “Circuits and Solar Power“ in Guatemala. We have demonstrated renewable energy at two Guatemalan schools. We now have a waiting list for the class for summer 2012.
  • Just as the traje and each design in a weaving tells a different story, or adds an element to a cosmic narrative, each hair-piece and headdress tells something different about the wearer of the piece.

The GGM receives the woman’s complaint and offers her a legal consultation so that she clearly understands what her rights are within the marriage and which legal documents the family court will require to evaluate her complaint . Without them, neither the courts of justice nor the office of the public prosecutor of Guatemala can take on the case and undertake an effective investigation of the complaint. The GGM therefore impresses upon the women the importance of always having these documents with them, regardless of whether they are or have been victims of domestic violence.

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative believes that everyone can learn about renewable energy and that young Guatemalan women deserve a class specifically set up for them. We are now working with women teachers to set up a Tech-Ed class on Electric Circuits and Renewable Energy for young Guatemalan women. Women’s education through ATC’s „Teach Guatemalan Women Solar” workshops will provide young Guatemalan women with an education and the skills to become solar technicians. In Canada, eleven indigenous Guatemalan women are in the process of taking a multinational mining company to court. The women allege that in 2007, police officers, soldiers, and private security personnel attacked their village of Lote Ocho, in eastern Guatemala, and burned dozens of homes in a bid to drive the community from their ancestral land.

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At the time of the interview, the director said that the GGM would be opening the first shelter for such women in Guatemala in the near future . The GGM’s objective was not only to shelter these women but also to give them the means to be able to change their situation by explaining to them the reasons for, and causes of, the domestic violence directed at them. GGM hoped to give the women the tools to enable them to reach a decision to leave a home in which they are victims of violence and to go and live alone or together with other women who have had the same experience. It is very difficult for the Guatemalan population in general to obtain justice, and even more so for women. Domestic violence affects women of all social classes in Guatemala, but the GGM deals mainly with middle and working class women.

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In most cases a woman who turns directly to the MINUGUA offices for help will be referred to the GGM or to the public prosecutor’s office. In May the University of Michigan Woven Wind students first met with the Guatemalan women weavers to discuss the project and to get new fabric specifically for their new prototype. The student team then traveled to a workshop in San Marcos la Laguna to build the new turbine design and to gather data on the cost of materials. We have had two trips in 2012 to Guatemala to meet and work with the women wind weavers. We met in February to discuss design changes and then in May a team of 11 University of Michigan Engineering students traveled to Guatemala to gather data and prototype a new turbine design.

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The maximum size for the woven wind turbine is limited but for our purposes we can make low cost and functional turbines that suit the needs of schools, street lighting or several households. We can even make a simple very low cost wind generator that is equivalent to a 20 watt solar panel, and we can make it in Guatemala out of locally available parts. Unfortunately police officers have not received the necessary sensitization to domestic violence for them to intervene effectively. In practice, police still treat cases of spousal abuse as private acts that take place within the home and concern only the man and his wife. Article 16 of the Guatemalan constitution forbids police to enter a person’s home.

Thanks to your generous support this summer the Guatemalan Woven Wind project is moving forward. We at The Appropriate Technology Collaborative are making a new form to stretch fabric over. We are using simple objects like a 5 gallon bucket – the type commonly used in construction in Guatemala and a piece of plastic pipe. Right now we are using „zip ties“ to hold the fabric in place but when we get to a more permanent solution we don’t want to use disposable hardware. The final curvature of the turbine blade will be different based on aerodynamics and the need to make the blades rigid.

GGM uses the recurso de exhibición personal which is a proceeding that allows the police to enter a home, following a court order, to verify the presence of a woman subjected to domestic violence. If the woman has suffered physical injuries that remain visible for longer than about 10 days, her spouse could be sentenced to prison. The GGM cannot appeal to the MINUGUA, since domestic violence is not within its field of jurisdiction. However, it can intervene indirectly by reprimanding a police officer for having been remiss in his obligation to act in a case of domestic violence.

We continue to document existing wind conditions and map specific locations for wind turbines. We delivered an internet connected weather station to San Marcos that should go live in August, 2012. In rural Latin America where there is no electricity, families light their homes with kerosene lamps and candles. The World Health Organization has determined that individuals breathing kerosene fumes and soot inhale the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. Selling small scale solar home lighting systems is a proven way to make a living in Guatemala.

Whether in Vietnam or Guatemala, we have been empowering impoverished women for over 25 years. We believe that microcredit must be combined with education and preventive health services to help clients build resilience and pursue their chosen opportunities.