International Women's Day Special 2024

Special Broadcast: Public Affairs

International Women’s Day 2024: Guatemalan Widows Rise (after genocide)

Compilation by Frieda Werden of a production by Maria Martin and a speech by Rigoberta Menchu. Frieda Werden is an American and Canadian radio producer, co-founder and producer of the weekly radio series WINGS

Massive displacement and genocide have been inflicted on indigenous communities in Guatemala for centuries. A documentary about women who experienced that genocide in the 20th century and set about to reclaim their peoples’ heritage and rights, calling for ancient Maya wisdom to heal Guatemalan widows. Also a speech by Rigoberta Menchu , given at the University of Minnesota in 1994 about Indigenous Rights. Courtesy of Monika Bauerlein. Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemalan/ Maya social reformer, Nobel Peace Laureate  (1992) , and successful activist for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous

Maria Martin, who passed away last winter, renowned and prize-winning pioneering journalist; founded the national radio program, Latino USA. She originally released this documentary in the Spiritual Edge series of KALW-FM.

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WINGS: Women’s International News Gathering Service has been covering the global women’s movement and related issues for community radio since 1986.