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.