In February, women in Guatemala gathered to address rape suffered by thousands of women during armed conflict. Between 1960 and 1996, it is estimated that 5000 women were sexually abused, 80% of whom were indigenous. The festival’s goal is to “help build a society that will never accept, legitimize, or justify the rape of women.”
The festival included activities in the streets, ceremonial centers and schools where art, writing, film, music and community involvement can be used to break the silence and retrieve the memory needed in order to heal and prevent such atrocities from happening again.
Women’s Voices at the II Festival of the Memory of Rape during War and Conflict in Guatemala, Radio Internacional Feminista, 24 March 2011.