I am Maritza Velasquez, a Global Fund for Women-supported activist in Guatemala. I have been involved for more than 35 years in promoting and defending women workers’ rights. I am the daughter of a former union leader who was murdered during the war in my country, and I joined the union working in agriculture. For about 4 or 5 years I had no job because I was strongly discriminated against on account of my union past. This continued until my colleagues from the women’s movement started to support me, and we organized ourselves as a group of labor rights advocates. I started looking for the necessary resources to strengthen ourselves so that we can report employers and companies that violate labor rights. Today, we are concentrating our efforts to stop workplace sexual harassment and violence.
Learn more about Maritza Velasquez’s organization Asociación de Trabajadoras del Hogar a Domicilio y de Maquila at www.atrahdom.org