Guatemala City is the capital and largest city of Guatemala. The city is also the most populous urban area in Central America. Nearly three million people live in the metropolitan areas of the city, due to migration from rural areas over the years.
The city itself has over one million inhabitants, most of whom are under the age of 14. Many of these children growing up in Guatemala City experience crime and violence on a daily basis.
Since 1984, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Guatemala City.
The Guatemalan Public Prosecutor's Office registered the most cases of violence against women in Guatemala City - over 29,400 between January and July 2022).
Most complaints involved psychological violence, followed by physical violence. Not all women report abuse because their reports aren’t followed through by the justice system. 71% of femicides in Guatemala go unpunished.
Guatemala is among the twenty most violent countries in the world, with violence against women being the most common crime committed.
In Guatemala, girls and adolescent women live in fear of violence every day. They are exposed to all forms of violence, from physical, sexual and psychological violence to femicide.
Pregnancies among teenage girls are closely linked to sexual violence. Around 6% of girls under 14 are, or have been, pregnant.
Sexual violence often occurs at home within the family circle. 70% of abused children become infected with sexually transmitted diseases.