November 25th was declared the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the United Nations in 1993. To help bring awareness and a stop to violence against women, a march was held in Quetzaltenango. Womens groups from around the city and surrounding areas joined together to march between the Central Park to the Benito Juarez Park. Guatemala has had over 4,654 femicides since 2001.
Along the march route a man and child watch the women march through La Democracia market Thursday morning.
Walking through La Democracia market march participants hold signs and chants phrases to protest violence against women.
text and photos by Josh Bachman
About Guest Contributor: Josh Bachman is a photographer currently based in Xela, Guatemala. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a degree in Photojournalism/ Latin American Studies with a minor in history. Josh is Represented by ZUMA Press Photo Agency. In the past Josh has worked for Newspapers and magazines through out the United states and work on Documentary Projects dealing with border issues between the United States and Mexico. You can view more of Josh’s work at his blog or his website