Monday, April 15, 2024
HomeCountriesNicaraguaNicaragua: New law passed to protect women from violence

Nicaragua: New law passed to protect women from violence


cuadraIn Nicaragua the Maria Elena Cuadra women’s movement (MEC) has run a national campaign for the past two years gathering support for legislation to protect women from violence, especially domestic violence and they have succeeded in their demands with the passing of a new law on violence against women (published In February 2012). They were supported by la Federación de Mujeres Productores del Campo de Nicaragua (FEMUPROCAN), Congreso Permanente de Mujeres Empresarias de Nicaragua (CPMEN), Consejo de Mujeres de Occidente (CMO), Voces Caribeñas, Foro de Mujeres para la Integración Centroamericana (FMICA), Las Gaviotas (ASOMUPRO), Secretaria de la Mujer de la Central de Cooperativas de Servicios Múltiples (PRODECOOP R.L.), Fundación Mujer y Desarrollo Económico Comunitario (FUMDEC), Secretaría de la Mujer de la Unión Nacional de Agricultores y Ganaderos (SM-UNAG), Red de Mujeres Chontaleñas, Secretaria de la Mujer de FENACOOP, Comité Nacional de Mujeres Sindicalistas de Nicaragua (CNMSN), Puntos de Encuentro, Fundación para la Promoción y Desarrollo de las Mujeres y la Niñez “Blanca Aráuz” (FUNDEMUNI), Colectivo de Mujeres ITZA, AMIFANIC y la Coordinadora de Mujeres Rurales.

Read the law in Spanish


This week LAB’s Tian Spain spoke to MEC about their campaign and the implications of the new law.

Hear the interview in Spanish

See video of march of women demanding a law to protect them against violence

This article is funded by readers like you

Only with regular support can we maintain our website, publish LAB books and support campaigns for social justice across Latin America. You can help by becoming a LAB Subscriber or a Friend of LAB. Or you can make a one-off donation. Click the link below to learn about the details.

Support LAB