The association Ixoqib’ MIRIAM works within the strategy of collective action for a fulfilling life for women in various alliances, networks and agendas that integrate social organizations, women, children and state institutions, with which we coordinate and carry out various lobbying actions with the aim of making visible the different legal claims of women, indigenous women, children and teenagers, in particular their right to access to education, participation in decision-making and a life free of violence and racism.
- Alliance of women and indigenous women of Guatemala for access to justice- AMMI
- National Network of Indigenous Women -REDNAMI-
- Quetzaltenango Women’s NGO Network
- Education Agenda
- Network for the prevention and care of child and youth abuse
- Mediation networks of the public prosecutor’s office
In line with the 2010 UNICEF Declaration, MIRIAM’s advocacy is as follows:
“A deliberate process, based on proven evidence, of directly and indirectly influencing decision-makers, stakeholders and the relevant public to support and implement actions in the interest of the most vulnerable”.
In our national advocacy plan, we want to achieve the implementation of at least one policy and/or law on the prevention of violence and on the rights of indigenous women, and to commit the government at local, regional and national level to develop campaigns to raise awareness and prevent violence and racism against indigenous women. We also call for the state to develop and implement a model for dignified and transformative reparation. For this purpose, MIRIAM trains judges, prosecutors and civil servants and regularly organizes international conferences on the issue of transformative reparation. Together with Mujeres Transformando el Mundo, MIRIAM has campaigned for the “law for the comprehensive protection of the girl” and the implementation of the reparation sentence in the “Sepur Zarco” case of sexual slavery during the Guatemala civil war.
A central theme of MIRIAM’s advocacy is the demand for access to free, high-quality and culturally appropriate public education for indigenous women. In this context, MIRIAM, together with Mayan student groups, participated in the process of university reform and organized a consultation with indigenous peoples as a basis for a proposal to reform the organic law of the University of San Carlos.
The promotion of the equal participation of indigenous women in decision-making forums at national, departmental and local level in the fields of education, prevention of violence, sexual and reproductive rights and reparations has led us to participate in the process of preparing, socializing and validating the Beijing + 20 Guatemala Additional Report or the digitization of historical women’s documents in the Women’s CD Network. Together with the Alliance for Indigenous Women and Women’s Rights, we promoted the candidacy of indigenous women for the Supreme Electoral Court, the Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court, the Congress and the Office of the Human Rights Defender. For the period 2018-2020, María del Rosario Noj Xoyón was elected by the Asociación Ixoqib’ MIRIAM as the women’s deputy in the National Council for the Implementation of the Peace Agreements-CNAP.
In our local advocacy plans, which are being implemented in six municipalities, we exert influence on the local authorities to develop gender policies and a citizens’ network to prevent violence against women and indigenous women. At local and national level, we are calling for the creation of joint funds to support women’s organizations for projects to prevent violence and train indigenous women. In coordination with women’s organizations in Quetzaltenango, we have succeeded in persuading the city administration to build a “women’s center” where women can receive counselling, support and training.
Every year, the association commemorates on the days when it demands women’s rights, such as March 8, International Women’s Day, November 25, the day of non-violence against women, among other important days. With the founding of the “MIRIAM Choir” and the artists’ group “Wajxaqib’ B’atz”, MIRIAM has begun to lobby through body expression, performances and other activities of denunciation through art.