Courageous Women in the Cause of Justice

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  10 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 1.5 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 CCSS ELA Literacy RH 11-12.1,11-12.3,11-12.8
Subject Area:
 Contemporary World Issues, Genocide Studies

Faced with a country at war, a military embarking on a scorched earth policy and the world's silence, Rigoberta Menchú Tum became a voice of justice. In the 1980s, when the government in Guatemala implemented genocidal policies against the indigenous and Mayan Indian populations, Rigoberta and other women like her, spoke out and stood up to protect their communities. In this activity, students will be introduced to the Guatemalan Genocide and two women who refused to be silent in the face of almost insurmountable brutality.

This activity draws on Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights' Speak Truth to Power curriculum on Rigoberta Menchú Tum.

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