Luz Mendez

Researcher Position: 
Member of the Executive Board
Researcher Institution: 
Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas
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About Researcher : 

Luz Méndez has researched and published on transitional justice and the eradication of violence against women in Guatemala. Her most recent publications include, Link between Land Grabs and Sexual Violence Against Q´eqchí Women” (2013), and Mujeres Indígenas: Clamor por la Justicia – Violencia Sexual, Conflicto Armado y Despojo Violento de Tierras (2014).  The Consortium was honored to have a role in making this important book available in English.  Clamor for Justice: Sexual Violence, Armed Conflict and Violent Land Dispossession is available for download here

Between 1991 and 1996 Méndez participated in the Guatemalan peace negotiations as the only female member of the Political Diplomatic Team of the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca delegation, contributing to unprecedented commitments for gender equality in the accords. After the war she was elected to represent the women’s organizations in the National Council for the Implementation of the Peace Accords. Méndez is a member of the Executive Board of the Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas, and was the coordinator of the Women Agents for Change Consortium, an alliance of women's and human rights organizations working for the empowerment of women survivors of sexual violence during the armed conflict, seeking justice and reparations.

At the international level, Méndez was a speaker at the first meeting that the U.N. Security Council held with women’s organizations leading up to the passage of resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.  She has served as a member of the UN High Level Advisory Group for the Global Study on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325, and also as an advisor on Latin America & the Caribbean for the Global Fund for Women.

Méndez holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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