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The three-part podcast series will focus on the inspirational stories of key changemakers, the challenges they have faced and the lessons they can teach us in how to resist intersectional gendered violence against women. These change-makers have reshaped their communities’ attitudes and helped transform the lives of those impacted by violence, working collaboratively to advocate for change at an institutional level.
Cases covered by the podcast series and the book include violence faced by migrant women – both within and outside of Latin America; body politics – women responding to violations and demanding their reproductive and sexual rights; and challenging corporate power – looking at women resisting economic violence that destroys their environment and communities. The project will also cover women’s responses to heightened domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The podcasts will foreground women’s personal experiences — both those of the activists running projects and those of their beneficiaries. They can be used as teaching resources for community groups, NGOs and students.
25 November, 2021
Women Resisting Violence: 1. Mourning the 56 in Guatemala
‘The government wants to erase our children’s memory and [I] can’t allow it as a mother looking for justice.’
On 8 March 2017, 56 girls were locked in a classroom of their state-run children’s home just outside Guatemala City when a fire broke out, only 15 survived. Four years later no one has been sentenced for these crimes. This episode focuses on the enduring work of Ocho Tijax, a women’s group caring for the girls’ families and the survivors as well as fighting their case in the courts. We also hear from Vianney, the mother of Ashly Angelie Rodriguez Hernandez, who lost her life in the fire.
2 December, 2021
Women Resisting Violence: 2. Rio’s Trailblazing Women’s House
‘If Black women in Brazil are the ones who suffer the most from gender-based violence, it is these women that have to be there drawing up public policy’
Located in one of the largest favelas in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, and led by Eliana Sousa Silva and her colleagues from the Redes da Maré, the Casa Das Mulheres provides much needed education around gender violence, and support for those leaving abusive relationships, in an area where the police refuse to intervene. It’s been a lifeline for many during COVID when many favela residents lost their jobs, providing work and distributing food to starving families as well as dealing with a huge rise in domestic violence.
9 December, 2021
Women Resisting Violence: 3. Step Up Migrant Women
‘If you don’t have the right to request emergency help from public services, how are you going to survive?’
Gil migrated to the UK from Brazil with her partner and two children. She entered the country as a tourist and subsequently became undocumented. When abuse escalated, Gil fled her home but was met with hostility by UK police, who turned her away. She ended up homeless with her child at Christmas time. Finding the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) changed her life and Gil now campaigns with the group, to highlight the vulnerability of migrant women with insecure immigration status in situations of domestic abuse.