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Chapter 2 - Fighting machismo: women on the front line

Reflecting on the Women Resisting Violence project

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The Women Resisting Violence project was successful in bringing women together, internationalizing the fight against VAWG, raising awareness of Latin Americans’ campaigns against violence, and reaching a wide audience engaged with social issues.

Honduras legalizes emergency contraception

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Following more than 13 years of prohibition and a year of demands by feminist activists, Honduras’ first female president, Xiomara Castro, legalized emergency contraception pills without exceptions

Cholitas: Aymara women conquer the Aconcagua

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In this captivating documentary film, Spanish directors Jaime Murciego and Pablo Iraburu present the story of five Bolivian Aymara women as they pursue their dream of climbing the highest mountain in the Americas, the Aconcagua.  

International Women’s Day 2023 in Mexico

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Gender-based violence continues to be an issue of great urgency in Mexico. Hundreds of thousands of women marched in Mexico City on March 8. Yet, migrant women are excluded from the mainstream movement in Mexico.

Peru: Women in film

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Karoline Pelikan sketches out the current landscape for women in film in Peru, and interviews three women from the board of directors at NUNA, the country's first association of women directors.

Global day of action on abortion rights

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In Latin America, the women’s movement began campaigning for reproductive rights in the 1980’s and September 28 was chosen as a day of action demanding access to free and safe abortions.

Colombia: transitional justice must include GBV

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Transitional justice is not just about bringing perpetrators to justice, it is also about giving a voice to those who lost one, rebuilding societal trust, and fostering reconciliation.

Brazil: orphan mothers

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Anti-Black violence by the Police targets young men in Brazil's favelas and makes their mothers 'orphans'. Their trauma and spectacular resistance are highlighted in this new film, reviwed for LAB by Jessica Pandian

Power of collective responses to Covid in Rio

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Collective emergency responses to the pandemic from women in the Maré favelas of Rio further awakened other women survivors of gendered violence, research shows.
Xiomara Castro, candidata a la presidencia del país por el Partido Libre, durante la caravana de cierre de su candidatura para las elecciones primarias de su partido en marzo de 2021. De resultar ganadora en las elecciones generales del 28 de noviembre, Xiomara Castro se convertiría en la primera mujer en ser presidenta. Tegucigalpa, 7 de marzo de 2021. Foto: Martín Cálix.

Voz IIII | Xiomara Castro: the first 100 days

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When Honduras’ first female president Xiomara Castro rose to power under a feminist agenda, women all over the country were filled with hope. But a hundred days into her government, with not a single change introduced that benefits women, pressure is mounting for Castro to fulfil her promises.

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