(IMAP’s table at the Rural and urban women’s Market. They sold amaranth, honey, peanut butter, coffee, and native seeds in addition to crafts, such as wooden carvings, weavings, and other crafts. Photo Credits: Ines Cuj)
However, as the sun set on such an emotional day, there were constant reminders that earlier in February, Congress had passed a law declaring the following day, March 9th as Day for Life and the Family.
Then, late in the evening on International Women’s Day, the Guatemalan Congress held their final reading and vote on Initiative 5272, the Law for the Protection of Life and the Family. This law criminalizes abortion, prohibits same-sex marriage and unions, prohibits sexual education on themes of sexual diversity and gender, and creates a definition of family to include only a father, mother, and children– removing the diversity of families that we know to exist.
This law was passed with 101 votes in favour.