Women Transforming Central America

The project highlights the discriminatory practices and violence that trans women face in Central America in order to demand greater protection of and guarantees for their rights.

Why we focus on Central America

In Central America there is systematic violence against trans women in the public and private spheres, and in the physical and virtual spheres (social networks), that has worsened under the current political and social climate. Trans women are often expelled from their home towns, exposing them to situations of vulnerability that reduce their life expectancy.

Guatemala and Honduras in particular have failed to protect them or institute policies that recognize and include them. A surge in anti-rights sentiment has cut short progress in acceptance and legitimized expressions of violence against trans women.

How “unlikely dialogues” are the key to success

The project promotes joint efforts and strategic alliances with institutions and other social movements to mobilize greater support and commitment for the defense of trans women. Another tactic is establishing “unlikely dialogues” with those who traditionally have a negative impact on the well-being of trans women. The aim is to create a greater understanding through dialogue and practices of respect, despite differences between the parties. The project promotes personal and collective well-being and healing, and builds the leadership abilities of other women’s and trans groups so they have the necessary tools to participate effectively in decision-making and representative capacities in society.

Where

Guatemala and Honduras

Period

April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022

Partners

  • OTRANS-RN: Organización TRANS Reinas de la Noche (Queens of the Night) in Guatemala
  • CUCR: Colectivo Unidad Color Rosa (Pink Color Unit Collective) – Honduras

Both are members of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Trans People (REDLACTRANS).

Donor

Arcus Foundation