Today, the International Day of the Indigenous People, three Mayan, Xinkas and Miskitas women, reflect on their worldviews and the struggles of their people for the preservation and defense of their territories.
In 2016, the defense of women’s rights developed within a context of insecurity and high levels of violence against the groups, organizations, networks, and human rights’ activists we support. The most shocking event worldwide being the assassination of Berta Cáceres, leader of the Lenca indigenous people of Honduras and winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize. Despite this complex and dif cult scenario, every day we reaf rm the courage, creativity, and commitment of thousands of women in Central America that come together to confront their contexts, continuing to envisage and work for a better world. As FCAM, we have contributed to their cause, and, with this report, we present the annual account of our activities and achievements in 2016.
Por: Emma A. Chacón Alvarado.Corrían los años setentas; y yo siendo niña, donde el único referente que tenía de una relación de pareja era la heterosexual, no veía otra forma para poder expresar mi “amor” por otra mujer, sino a través de mis sueños; ahí lograba casarme con la compañerita que más me gustaba, ella de vestido blanco y yo de frac,… y mientras yo tenía ese sueño recurrente, ya muchas lesbianas luchaban por tener un espacio donde poder socializar.
Evelyn Flores, National Liaison of the Network of Women Against Violence and Wendy Matamoros, FCAM Individual Giving & Communications Coordinator, had the opportunity to participate in the TV show Con Locura Azul, were they talk about the crowdfunding campaign for the reactivation of the National Femicide Observatory in Nicaragua. We encouraged you to join a group of people committed with the lives and rights of women.
Juana is more than a number. She had dreams and a life ahead of her. She loved her little children, worked from sun to sun and was the only bread-winner in her home. However, something was not right with her life. José, her ex-partner, did not leave her alone. From before separating, he mistreated her and beat her. She left him but that did not stop him from continuing to threaten her. Feeling desperate, she put the complaint in the National Police, but they did not give her the necessary protection. Shortly afterwards, José chased her, ambushed her and killed her. He coldly calculated everything. José is currently fugitive of justice and Juana’s three little children were left unprotected and orphaned.