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If you’d like to post your views on exploitation of women, the use of media to advance women’s rights or any other women’s rights issues please email us to campaigns@cawn.org. We are looking forward to hearing from you! 

Maisie Davies graduated with a degree in Politics and Social Policy from the University of Leeds and currently works as a service organiser and writer for Ubiqus. She has lived and travelled extensively in Latin America and has volunteered for a number of charities working in the region. She specialises in the topic of violence against women, particularly during conflict.

The Mexican state of Edomex has been described as the most dangerous place in Mexico to be a woman. In 2011 and 2012, 1,258 women and girls were disappeared and 448 murdered. 53% of the disappeared were between the ages of 10 and 17. Up until recently, the state has largely denied that it has a problem with femicide. The mothers of daughters who have been murdered and disappeared accuse the state of underplaying violence against women. The state have also been accused of attempting to tar the reputation of female victims. This is a common concern in cases of femicide; victims are blamed for the crimes committed against them.

Femicide is defined as the killing of women by reason of their gender. Femicide killings tend to be brutal in nature, and have a variety of deep-rooted, structural causes. Central America has some of the highest rates of femicide in the world. High rates of drug-related gang violence, corruption, impunity and machismo have all contributed to the continuing high levels of violence against women.

Photograph: Elizabeth Dalziel/AP

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Patricia OrozcoPatricia Orozco is a Nicaraguan feminist and radio journalist with a long history of involvement in social activism and communication from the struggle against the Somoza dictatorship onwards. She is currently active in feminist and media circles, as well as working for women’s rights, community development and grassroots organisation. She was interviewed by the British-Nicaraguan feminist writer and translator, Helen Dixon.


Before talking specifically about the Canal, could you give us a sense of the context of women’s rights under the current government?

I think we have to go back and look specifically at Daniel Ortega when he was the leader of the first Government of Reconstruction and the President during the Sandinista Revolution in the 1980s. We haven’t forgotten that he never had any affinity with women’s rights as part of the revolution. When we met with him as women to discuss the violence we were experiencing from men during the revolutionary period, his response was to tell us that our place as women was to give birth to more men, more militia members and soldiers to replace those being killed in the war. That’s the level of sensitivity that he showed to the demands being made by revolutionary women. He also said, like other male leaders, that the revolution came first and after women’s particular rights would be dealt with. This meant that during the Agrarian Reform in the eighties women were excluded from land titles and were made invisible in many different processes in spite of our major participation and responsibilities in the revolution on all levels. It was an archaic position taken by those in the highest positions of power. This gives you an idea of the history of the current government dominated by Ortega, and the thinking of those loyal to him who have remained in the party [FSLN] [1]. Continue Reading »

The Honduran Women Collective (CODEMUH) and REDCAM have issued statements regarding the current work conditions of maquila workers in Honduras. They raise the lack of compromise of the Honduran government to take action against precarious contracts and long hour shifts which do not meet regulations on the work limit per day. CODEMUH also makes a call to North American and European consumers, trade marks and government representatives, to take responsibility of the physical and psychological deterioration experienced by so many maquila workers.

28 april

April 28 – Workers’ Memorial Day

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May 1 – International Workers’ Day

 

By Louise Morris; translated by Alma Carballo

La producción del arte es quizás una de las más antiguas formas de medios de comunicación alternativos.  El arte es la capacidad simbólica para desafiar el status quo y  comunicar las ideologías políticas a un público masivo, se ha convertido en un medio de gran alcance para el activismo, mientras que sus cualidades emotivas pueden fomentar la solidaridad. Además, el propio proceso creativo también puede generar una  especie de liberación terapéutica.

Si bien esta serie ha examinado las ventajas e inconvenientes de la utilización de la tecnología moderna para el activismo de las mujeres y las iniciativas de desarrollo (de radio, telefonía móvil y Tecnologías de información y comunicación), este último artículo se remonta a las raíces de la producción de medios de comunicación alternativos – la expresión artística. El arte abarca la música, grafiti y actuación, así como la producción artística más tradicional. A diferencia de la tecnología, el arte fácil de accesar y ser producido por  cualquier persona, por lo que es un medio más universal y fácil identificarse. Para muchas personas sin educación formal, el arte es una forma menos intimidante, más instintivo de los medios alternativos a través del cual comunicar y desafiar las normas dominantes. Las mujeres, en particular, han abrazado poderes emotivos del arte como herramienta de comunicación para cuestionar las actitudes sexistas.

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By Ninha Silva; translated to Spanish by Alma Carballo

Ninha Silva es graduada en Periodismo y tiene un Master en Relaciones Internacionales y políticas democráticas. Nació en Guinea–Bissau, se trasladó a Portugal cuando era muy joven y ahora vive en Londres, donde colabora con CAWN. Este artículo se publicó en la edición de Invierno 2015 de la boletín trimestral de CAWN (página 7).

Hay una impaciente crecimiento a medida que se acerca el juicio de Rios Montt. Inicialmente se planeo para Abril 2014, luego se pospuse para Enero de 2015, se adujo que era debido a un atraso en los casos que eran una prioridad para las autoridades judiciales Guatemaltecas.

Fueron acusados de ser responsables del periodo mas sangriento del conflicto interno guatemalteco (1969-1996). El 10 de Mayo de 2013, el General Ríos Montt, entonces 87 anos, fue encontrado culpable de genocidio y crímenes contra la humanidad perpetrados durante los 17 meses del gobierno, fue sentenciado a 80 anos in la cárcel. Se cree que asesino mas de 200,000 personas, y muchos cientos de miles mas desplazados, violadas, torturadas y por hambruna bajo el régimen de Rios Montt. De acuerdo a Comisión de la clarificación historica de las naciones Unidas, el 83% de las victimas eran indígenas mayas. Continue Reading »

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