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Diverse and Inclusive Guatemala

Diverse Guatemala
  • Diverse and Inclusive Guatemala

    Diverse and Inclusive Guatemala (Guatemala, Diversa e Inclusiva) is a four-year program to ensure that the legal and social needs of the LGBT+ community in Guatemala are met. It specifically targets youth by increasing adolescents’ understanding of their social, economic and sexual rights.

    Why protecting LGBT+ rights in Guatemala is important

    While the protection of all human rights is enshrined in a clear and extensive international legal framework, LGBT+ people in Guatemala face many challenges preventing them from fully enjoying these rights. On the one hand, the predominant patriarchal culture leads to discriminatory and violent practices. On the other, the volatile political context increases the influence of conservative neo-Pentecostal churches. This means the LGBT+ community is confronted on all sides by a culture of homophobia, biphobia, lesbophobia and transphobia.

    How we work towards a diverse and inclusive Guatemala

    To counter this, Hivos has joined forces with eight Guatemalan civil society organizations. These include LGBT+ groups and youth-led organizations specialized in promoting and defending sexual and reproductive health rights, and organizations with experience in reaching out to young children.

    Together we will ensure that:

    • State institutions respond effectively to the demands and needs of young LGBT+ people regarding sexual and reproductive rights and health, access to justice and job opportunities.
    • Children, adolescents and youth have proper access to comprehensive sexuality education.


    Guatemala, specifically the departments of Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Quiché and Huehuetenango.

    Results so far

    The program held its official launch event in November 2019.

    Period and budget

    November 2019 to November 2023, SEK. 32,000,000 (USD. 3,327,040)


    Implemented by Hivos’ country office in Guatemala with ODASA, SOMOS, Vidas Paralelas, GAX and Visibles (targeting the sexual and reproductive rights of the LGBT+ population) and SAR, Incide Joven and FLACSO (targeting the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescents and young people).


    Embassy of Sweden in Guatemala


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