Nicaraguan women organize against gov’t rollbacks

Kenia Morales – Nicaragua Dispatch – Friday, 21 June 2013 (originally published 19 June)

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Nicaraguan women organize to prevent further setbacks to Law 779. Image/ Kenia Morales

As the Sandinista government undermines revolutionary advances for Nicaragua’s women, feminists are organizing to defend their rights and hold the line against further setbacks.

Los derechos, sin las mujeres, no son humanos” (Without women, there are no human rights) is a common slogan painted onto fabric signs carried at women’s protests in Nicaragua. Women’s networks and feminist organizations continue to organize to promote gender rights, including the right to live free of violence and reproductive and sexual rights. For decades, women’s organizations and feminists have struggled and taken their demands to the streets, newspapers and international community to denounce misogyny and abuse.

According to Fundación Sí Mujer, there’s plenty of reasons to organize. Between 2008 and 2011, 132 Nicaraguan women have been harassed or jailed for having abortions after the enactment of the 2007 Penal Code, which outlaws abortions under all circumstances, even if the life of a woman is at risk. According to the Guttmacher Institute, of the 4.4 million abortions performed in the region in 2008, 95% were unsafe . . . 

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