The book, written by Luz Méndez Gutiérrez and Amanda Carrera Guerra, is the result of research carried out by Equipo de Estudios Comunitarios y Acción Psicosocial (ECAP), as part of a collaborative initiative with Universidad Javeriana and the Instituto de Estudios Regionales of Universidad de Antioquia, from Colombia, with the financial support of the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada. The research focuses on a comparative analysis of the collective strategies employed by indigenous and peasant women to gain access to justice for the sexual violence and other human rights violations they suffered in the context of armed conflict and transition in Colombia and Guatemala. Special attention is given to the contextual conditions that led to these events. It documents and analyzes two major episodes of sexual violence against Guatemalan women from the Q’eqchí people, and the women’s struggles to achieve justice.
The book was previously available in Spanish, and Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights have supported editing the translation and bringing the English version to press.