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Chapter 2 - Fighting machismo: women on the front line

The 8th March is celebrated as International Women’s Day. However, in Guatemala for the past three years, the day has been a painful reminder of the long road towards gender equity, and the potentially lethal consequences of continuing misogynistic and violent attitudes towards women. On this day three years ago, 41 girls and young women died by asphyxiation and fatal burns in a...
It’s well known where Hillary Clinton stood on regime change in Iraq and Libya, but what often gets forgotten is that she threw her support behind the 2009 Honduran coup that ousted democratically-elected Manuel Zelaya. In this week’s Reality Check, Mehdi Hasan highlights how Clinton backed regime change in the Latin American country. Video: Al Jazeera English 1 October 2016

A rapist in your path

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On  20 November, a group of four women known as Las Tesis from Valparaíso, Chile, unknowingly started what would become an international phenomenon in the global struggle against sexism and gender-based violence: they performed the anti-machista anthem and routine ‘Un Violador en tu Camino’ for the first time. The group hoped that the song would spread feminist theory in a simple way to people who...
Lesbian Reggaeton: 'Lo que las mujeres quieren' (What girls want). With English subtitles. Chocolate Remix is the reggaetón project led by Romina Bernardo (aka Chocolate) since 2014. It criticises the machismo associated with this genre and 'resignifies' it, using the same musical logic, creating a new concept of what it calls 'Lesbian Reggaeton'. This idea plays with the stereotypes and...

Haiti: Madan Sara women

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The Madan Sara are at the forefront of a battle for a more robust and inclusive economy in Haiti. The women known as Madan Sara in Haiti work tirelessly to buy, distribute, and sell food and other essentials in markets through the country. Despite all of the obstacles faced by the women working in a sector that lacks investment,...
Honduras: Yorleni’s story A wave of homicides targeting female victims — labeled as femicides — has been sweeping the State of Mexico, the sprawl of suburbs around Mexico City. While government officials have not provided exact figures, the National Citizen Femicide Observatory estimates six women are murdered a day, and a United Nations body has described the situation as a...

Chile: La caravana de las Danzas

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The 2018 Caravana de las Danzas 2018, dancing in La Plaza de Talca and taking a walk around the Barrio en Colores, an open air museum in the población Brilla el Sol, with murals evoking the customs of the region such as rodeo, the Cueca, etc. The dances were combined with readings of folk stories collected by the...
In November-December 2018 Christian Aid promoted a Month of Awareness of Gender Based Violence, working with its partners in the region, around the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and International Human Rights Day (10 December). The Latin American and Caribbean region has the highest rates of violence against women, girls and LGBTI population in...
This article is based on an interview carried out by ABColombia in August 2018. The text does not reflect the views of ABColombia rather the personal views of two women of the FARC who took part in the reintegration process during the Santos Government and their experiences between 2017 and 2018. For more information on women and the...
To view this video, click here. Part 2 of the ABC Nightline documentary on women in Honduras. In this episode we see an adolescent maternity unit where young girls, many under the age of 16, come for check-ups, advice and to give birth. Meanwhile sex education is non existent, the morning-after pill is banned and abortion is illegal. The reporter...

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