Indigenous Women and Governance in Guatemala


The concept of governance goes beyond institutional relations to encompass the integration and cohesion capacity of a particular political system. Hence, the effective functioning of the institutions of representative democracy is an important condition of governance, but it does not satisfy its broader implications. Governance entails a certain degree of citizen participation in the political processes not only as an element of legitimacy but of political viability as well.

This paper deals with the historical context and the systematic obstacles that hinder indigenous peoples, particularly indigenous women, to participate at the different levels of the society, especially the political processes.

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Mejia Lopez, Meeylyn Lorena. Indigenous Women and Governance in Guatemala. FOCAL. Ottawa, Ontario. Canada. March 2006. Paper. (, accessed October 15, 2015)