Nobel Women’s Initiative is concerned with the situation of women and human rights defenders throughout the region of Central America. Working closely with partners, we are developing a program focused on calling attention to state violence against women and supporting women human rights defenders in their struggle for civil rights and participation in political decision-making.
In May 2009, we convened our second international conference, Women Redefining Democracy for Peace, Justice and Equality, in Antigua, Guatemala. At the conference, a number of presentations described gender-based violence and deadly attacks against women in Guatemala. We learned that the situation in Guatemala was emblematic of conditions causing ongoing violence throughout the region of Central America.
For the past two years, Nobel Women’s Initiative has been working for justice for the women of Atenco, Mexico, who suffered abuse during a government crackdown on civil society protests in 2006. We have also stood in solidarity with the women of Ciudad Juarez and Guerrero. We stood in solidarity with women activists in Honduras following the coup in 2009. In April 2010, Nobel Women’s Initiative, in partnership with Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, hosted the first International Gender Justice Dialogue in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to support women's activism around peace-making and accountability.