March 17, 2011
Guatemala City, March 8, 2011 – Students from the International Women’s Human Rights (IWHR) Clinic at CUNY School of Law, in collaboration with the New York-based women’s rights organization MADRE, just returned from Guatemala where they conducted a fact-finding investigation focused on labor conditions for women, femicide and the rights of indigenous women. Third-year students Amanda Heikkinen, Kadog Abdullah, Eduardo Jimenez, and Natasha Bannan interviewed indigenous women in several different communities in El Quiche and Guatemala City in order gather information that will be included in a shadow report to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee, the body charged with enforcing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
While in Guatemala City on March 8, IWHR students celebrated the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day with the Women Worker’s Committee in Bárcenas, Guatemala City. Students conducted a training on United Nations human rights law mechanisms and how grassroots women’s organizations can participate.
The students working on the IWHR Clinic’s Guatemala Project have also submitted a brief in October 2010 to the UN Human Rights Committee. The brief addressed numerous issues that affect women’s lives and urged the Human Rights Committee to ask that the Guatemalan Government address in their report. Additionally, on March 15, IWHR students met with Human Rights Committee Member Zonke Majodina to discuss their ongoing projects.