Rigoberta Menchú

Activist Type
Human Rights

Rigoberta Menchú is a prominent human rights activist and is well known for her advocacy of Indigenous rights. She has spent her life fighting for the rights of Indigenous peoples in Guatemala, particularly during and after the Guatemalan Civil War. Menchú has received numerous awards for her activism, including the Nobel Peace Prize and the Prince of Asturias Award, and is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. In addition to her advocacy work, she also founded Guatemala’s first Indigenous political party, Winaq, and ran for president of Guatemala twice. Menchú’s book, I, Rigoberta Menchú, is a bestseller that sheds light on the atrocities committed during the Guatemalan Civil War. Menchú’s impact on the world of human rights activism and Indigenous rights has been immense. Her work has not only brought attention to the struggles faced by Indigenous peoples in Guatemala and around the world but has also inspired countless others to take up the fight for justice and equality. Her legacy serves as a reminder of the power of grassroots activism and the importance of standing up for what is right, even in the face of adversity.

Artwork by
Luis Villeda

Rigoberta Menchú is an icon of the rights of indigenous people in Guatemala, she is an activist for the human rights of indigenous people during and after the war in Guatemala.

The Indigenous have been a very important part of the culture and development of Guatemala, however, they are the most affected and marginalized sector of the entire population.

Rigoberta Menchú's illustration tries to represent all of the burdens she absorbed by defending the rights of this sector trashed by rejection.

Her dress represents her with pride, representing in it all the rights of each indigenous person in Guatemala.

The explosions of color behind her are part of that drastic expression that carries from her to prophesy the dignity and rights of the indigenous.


Guatemala Flag
Guatemala City
September 15, 1821
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