International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the United Nations

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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

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8 thoughts on “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the United Nations

  1. Great pictures! I wish El Quetzalteco had used these on a report about the march. It got very little coverage.
    It´s very good sign that more women are willing to stand up for their rights!

  2. A shocking number of femicides in Guatemala since 2001!! Thank you for making us aware of violence against women in Guatemala, it is truly shocking!!

  3. @Josh, thank you so much for sharing with us the coverage of the event. I have several posts in the same line in AntiguaDailyPhoto. Last year AntiguaDailyPhoto participated in an orchestrated effort online and offline to bring awareness:

    http://antiguadailyphoto.com/2009/11/18/stop-violence-against-women-in-guatemala/

    You can browse the previous articles published in AntiguaDailyPhoto related to the elimination of violence against women here:

    http://antiguadailyphoto.com/?s=Elimination+of+Violence

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