Through a national campaign, the Maria Elena Cuadra women's movement (MEC) has succeeded in getting a new law passed to protect women from violence.
At 75% the proportion of Nicaraguan children who complete primary school is the lowest in Latin America and the Caribbean, symbolising the multiple deprivations they suffer.
NSC works to promote mutual solidarity between Nicaragua and the UK.
Not only Nicaragua, but Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia and Costa Rica are all promoting 'wet' or 'dry' canal projects to join the two oceans. Chinese money is backing all of them.
Carlos Fonseca Teran, deputy leader of the Sandinista International Department and son of one of the founding members of the FSLN,talks to LAB's Nick Caistor.