This is a photo of a woman seated by her husband's side, eating at breakfast stand in Salcajá, a Mayan community just outside of Xela.
Notice that there are free stools around, but that still, she sits on the floor. I watched them from the table and stool where I was seated, having my own hot beverage. When they finished their meal, they got up, the women picked up all of their collected belongings and they left, she walking behind her partner.
As we strive day to day to promote equity at home - this was a huge reminder of the reality that others still face elsewhere. It is hard to believe, until you see it.
While I generally always try to show the places I have visited in the most positive light possible, sometimes certain things are too striking to not mention. While some progress has been made, the issue of gender inequality in Guatemala remains a critical concern. Guatemala ranked 112 out of 148 countries based on a Gender Development Index assessed by the United Nations Development Program (2012), ranking lower as well than Nicaragua and Honduras, its Central American counterparts.