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2006 Women's Rights Prize

Luz Méndez for UNAMG

Laureate Profile

The Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas (UNAMG), under the leadership of Luz Méndez, resumed its work on behalf of women's rights in Guatemala in 1996, after returning from exile overseas. Despite fears for the safety of those involved in women's rights organizations in Guatemala, Méndez was coordinator of UNAMG and now serves as president of its Advisory Council. She participated in the Guatemalan peace negotiations following years of civil war and has advocated for the inclusion of women in peace processes around the world.