Monday 19 February 2018

Fighting for justice in a country where women are educated to accept violence

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Whether in fervour, with tongue firmly in cheek, or ignored entirely, International Women's Day was 'celebrated' across the globe earlier this week.

On a day where celebrities feel 'empowered' enough to take their clothes off and critics have another 'Hallmark Day' to complain about, this year's theme, 'Pledge for Parity' is even more important to put it in perspective.

Two women are murdered on average every day in Guatemala - a country where almost 45pc of the female population experience violence in their lives and only 28 women hold a deputy position in a 158-strong Congress.

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