- Country / Conflict-Affected Area: Guatemala
- Position: Vice President of the Executive Board
- Organization: Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas
- Expertise: Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Refugees, Negotiations
Luz Méndez is the Vice President of the Executive Board to Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas. She participated in the Guatemalan peace negotiations as the only female member of Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca, contributing to unprecedented commitments for gender equality in the peace accords. She was elected to represent the women’s organizations in Guatemala’s National Commission, overseeing the implementation of these settlements.
Ms. Méndez was the coordinator of a civil society alliance working to end impunity on sexual violence during the armed conflict. She has also researched and published on peace building and women’s access to justice. Her last publication was Clamor for Justice: Sexual Violence, Armed Conflict, and Violent Land Dispossession. Ms. Méndez is a member of the UN High Level Advisory Group for the Global Study on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.
Last Updated: October 2015