Costa Rica tops list for women’s rights in the Americas, but report warns of ‘troubles’ ahead

Costa Rica tops list for women’s rights in the Americas, but report warns of ‘troubles’ ahead

Zach Dyer – Tico Times – Friday, 09 August 2013 (originally published 01 Aug) A new report on social inclusion in the Americas shows “troubling” developments in Costa Rica, according to Americas Quarterly, a publication focused on public policy in Latin America. Despite its concerns about the rising rates of violence and the growing presence […]

A Social Networking App To Empower The World’s Women

A Social Networking App To Empower The World’s Women

Anya Kamenetz – Co.Exist – Thursday, 20 June 2013 The SmartWoman Project hopes that text messages can be a medium for knowledge, health, and financial empowerment. When women connect, the world changes. The idea is for relatively affluent women to download the SmartWoman app and pay a monthly fee of $5. This gets them access […]

Naming Femicide to Fight Violence Against Women in Ecuador

Naming Femicide to Fight Violence Against Women in Ecuador

Ángela Meléndez – IPS – Monday, 01 April 2013 (originally published 25 March 2013) QUITO, Mar 25 2013 (IPS) – Ecuador hopes to move forward in the fight against violence against women by typifying femicide – gender-motivated killings – as a specific crime in the new penal code. The first statistics on gender violence in […]

Promoting Health By Responding to Gender-based Violence

Promoting Health By Responding to Gender-based Violence

Alejandra Meglioli – International Planned Parenthood Federation – Wednesday, 28 November 2012 (originally published 25 November) Today, thousands of organizations and individuals around the world are demanding an end to gender-based violence in their communities as a part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. Each year, the campaign begins on November […]

Indigenous heroine Eufrosina Cruz fights to empower women

Indigenous heroine Eufrosina Cruz fights to empower women

Cristina Avila-Zesatti – WNN Improve It (WNN/GPI) Oaxaca, MEXICO: She is cursed and persecuted by her home community. She has received death threats. Federal police follow her to protect her life. Still, she describes herself as “the freest woman in the world.” She is Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza. Cruz is from the village of Santa Maria […]

Mexican photojournalist Claudia Guadarrama documents the trauma of migration

Mexican photojournalist Claudia Guadarrama documents the trauma of migration

Svetlana Bachevanova – WNN Features (WNN) Mexico City, MEXICO: Claudia Guadarrama was born in 1976 in Mexico City. In 1999, she completed her political science studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 1997, Claudia began her studies in photography. In 2001, she began photographing in depth essays on political and social issues in […]

Women Secure a Third of Mexican Parliament

Women Secure a Third of Mexican Parliament

Anayeli Garcia Martinez – Truthout – Tuesday, 17 July 2012 (originally published 14 Jul) Mexico City – Female candidates are poised to occupy an unprecedented third of the seats in Mexico’s bicameral parliament when preliminary results for the Jul.1 election are confirmed. In the lower chamber, 95 women were elected through direct vote (in a relative majority […]