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Guatemala

Latin America and the Caribbean

Women

Guatemala ranks 119 out of 162 countries in the Gender Inequality Index, where a high rank equals high equality. Women should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.

Children

Guatemala has a Workplace Index score of 4.9, a Marketplace Index score of 3.9 and a Community and Environment Index score of 5.0 in the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas, where countries receive scores between 0 and 10. A score closer to 0 reflects a need for basic children’s rights due diligence, while a higher score reflects a need for enhanced or heightened due diligence. Children should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though. 

Persons with Disabilities

Due to differences in data collection and definitions it is difficult to compare countries on disability prevalence rates. Persons with disabilities should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.

Minorities and Indigenous Peoples

According to the World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, approximately 39.8 % of the population in Guatemala is indigenous. However, according to indigenous peoples’ representatives, the true figure is closer to 60 %. The indigenous community comprises 22 different peoples, including K’iche’, Kaqchikel, Mam, Q’eqchi’ and Matan.

There are also persons of African ancestry who originate from three groups: Afro-mestizos, Garífuna and Afro-Caribbean Creole English-speakers. In addition, there are small communities of Chinese- and Arabic-speakers, as well as a Jewish community.

Migrant Workers​

According to the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers, migrant workers as a proportion of all workers is 1.9 % in the subregion Latin America and the Caribbean.

Persons in Armed Conflict

Guatemala ranks 59 out of 179 countries in the Fragile States Index, where a high rank equals high fragility. For monthly crisis updates, check out CrisisWatch