"Our commitment is to support women, girls and young adolescent survivors of violence."
- Danessa Luna
Asociación Generando Equidad, Liderazgo y Oportunidades (ASOGEN)
ASOGEN/Generando is a non-profit organization in Guatemala that helps survivors of sexual violence seek justice in their cases and provides them with legal and psycho-social support.
Formed in 2008, Generando is widely recognized as a leader in Guatemala for their work on prevention of violence against women. Generando also works on sexual and reproductive rights and health, and youth leadership. The mission is to advance women’s rights by influencing local and national public policy agendas, research, and conducting training on empowerment and gender sensitization.
- Every year Generando supports over 500 cases of survivors of violence. The services provided include:
- Legal support to victims of gender-based violence about their rights and laws that can protect them.
- Psycho-social support to women individually, collectively and in self-help groups, as well as their children to overcome the consequences of the violence that they have faced. This includes counseling and assessments according to the needs of each survivor, accompaniment to legal/health appointments and home visits.
- Medical support for women and children who have suffered any type of violence including comprehensive services related to sexual and reproductive health.
- Temporary shelter to women who are at high risk of being subjected to violence and who have no support. At the shelter, the women are empowered to make decisions after considering all alternatives available to them to address their problems.
- Telephone Helpline for women facing personal situations of violence, or who simply need to be heard.
Every year 95% of the cases litigated by Generando result in successful convictions. Some other significant achievements include:
- Implementation of the Integral Support Center for women survivors of violence as part of Guatemala’s law against femicide. Generando led national advocacy calling for specialized institutions to handle femicide in Guatemala. In 2017, a specialized court and tribunal against femicide was inaugurated in Chimaltenango, which contributed to a more efficient process and reduced the victimization of survivors.
- Opening of a temporary shelter for survivors of violence.
- Since 2011, ASOGEN/Generando has been the women's organization in charge of administering a CAIMUS. CAIMUS is one of the Integral Support Centers for women survivors of violence, established in accordance with the Law against Femicide and other forms of violence against women, (Article 16).
As an organization specialized in the care of women survivors of violence and through its recognition as such by CONAPREVI (The National Coordinator for the Prevention of Intrafamily Violence and Against Women), ASOGEN was appointed as administrator of the CAIMUS of Chimaltenango in 2011. As an administrator of CAIMUS, ASOGEN is tasked with attending women survivors of violence with quality and warmth and has the support of the State to make this strategy of providing specialized care for women sustainable.
- In the areas of Chimaltenango and Sacatepéquez, Generando is the only organization that provides comprehensive care for women survivors of gender-based violence.
Since the increase in incidents of violence against women during the COVID-19 lockdown, ASOGEN has produced numerous videos and other materials to raise awareness about women’s rights, services available to victims of gender-based violence, and messages of violence prevention.
Guatemala has the third highest rate of femicide in the world. Generando’s presence on the ground in Guatemala is a lifeline to many women and girls facing violence in the country. The need is great and the resources extremely limited. Support this long-standing committed women’s rights organization today!
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ASOGEN Executive Director
ASOGEN promotes the sexual and reproductive health of women through the fulfillment of their human rights -including their sexual and reproductive rights- to achieve integral development, citizen participation and the leadership of women.
By: DDA | June 1, 2020
SECC (pseudonym) is a teenage survivor of sexual violence. At the time she began her psychotherapeutic process she presented post-traumatic stress disorder, in addition to psychosomatic symptoms such as lack of appetite, sleep disturbance (hypersomnia, insomnia and nightmares) and frequent headaches. She was also exhibiting symptoms of an altered emotional state, manifesting through frequent crying, anhedonia (loss of interest in the things she used to enjoy) and severe anxiety.