NISGUA 2016 Tour - Guatemalan Women Healing Toward Justice: the Case of Sepur Zarco.
NISGUA, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee and America Friends Service Committee present a report by Maudi' Tzay from Guatemala.
Monday October 17 3026 in Portland Oregon.
https://youtu.be/D9ib1mV8lZI [1 hour 46 minutes video]
NISGUA, the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala, brings Maudi' Tzay, from the team supporting healing toward justice of Mayan women used as sex slaves by Guatemalan military accompanied by Becky Kaump, NISGUA. To build solidarity with movements here for gender justice and ending violence against women, telling of the alliances of diverse organizations that enabled the movement and action there, and showing what US arming the army of Guatemala did to the people of Guatemala.
Maudí Tzay, a Guatemalan community psychologist with the Community Research and Psychosocial Action Team (ECAP), will tour the United States in October to talk about the crucial role of healing in movements for transitional justice and the healing opportunities that justice holds for survivors of state violence.
For several years, Maudí has provided psychological and social accompaniment to women from the community of Sepur Zarco, who survived state-sanctioned rape and sexual slavery in the 1980's under a U.S.-backed military dictatorship. Earlier this year, the survivors achieved a major legal victory when, for the first time in the Americas, sexual slavery was successfully prosecuted as a crime against humanity in a domestic court.
Ms. Tzay represents the Alliance to Break Silence and End Impunity, the interdisciplinary plaintiff coalition behind the strategic litigation that made this an emblematic case in struggles for justice across the Americas. The coalition consists of three feminist social justice organizations in Guatemala who joined forces to provide the legal, advocacy, and counselling support to make the victory possible.
The National Union of Guatemala Women (UNAMG), who provides training in political advocacy and empowerment
Women Transforming the World (MTM), who provides legal support.
The Community Studies and Psychosocial Action Team (ECAP), who provides mental health support and healing accompaniment to women survivors.
Maudí will be joined by Becky Kaump, the Guatemala Programs Coordinator of the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. NISGUA advocates for an end to U.S. militarism and provides international human rights accompaniment to threatened human rights defenders and survivors of genocide in their search for self-determination and justice for crimes of the past.
Key understanding from Maudi':
link to nisgua.org
Really sensitive, in-depth extended interview with Maudí: link to nisgua.org
This same video can be viewed or downloaded here: