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Violence and Oppression Facing Women and Girls in Nicaragua

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:15 pm    Post subject: Violence and Oppression Facing Women and Girls in Nicaragua Reply with quote

Eva Carroll, on the Ms. Magazine blog, wrote:
Why is Nicaragua, with a strong feminist movement and some of the most progressive legislation in the region, letting down the female population so badly?

Firstly, there is a powerful, conservative element in the country that lobbied in 2006 for the all-out ban on abortion, gaining exceptional and lasting influence in policy making. Jiménez Martínez also points to allegations in the late 1990s that Ortega had committed years of sexual abuse against his stepdaughter, Zoilamérica Narváez. ‘To talk about sexual abuse in Nicaragua is to talk against Daniel Ortega,” she told me. Members of the women’s movement rallied around Narváez at the time, and since Ortega took the 2006 presidency, women and girls’ rights have dropped off the agenda and women’s organizations have been subjected to arbitrary state scrutiny and smear campaigns in state-owned media.

Five more years of “Ortegismo” may pose a major challenge to women and girls in Nicaragua, but the feminist and human-rights movement will fight to fill in the chasm left by the state in combating violence against women and girls. And a new generation of rights defenders is springing up, such as 24-year-old Fátima Hernández, who has spent the past two years fighting for justice after being raped by a coworker—challenging a culture of impunity that prevails for sexual crime. Last year she set up an organization, The Association of Women for Critical Thinking, to provide legal and psychological support to victims of sexual violence.

Five More Years of Ortega May Be Dangerous for Nicaraguan Women (Eva Carroll, Ms. Magazine blog, November 4, 2011)

I know the Sandinista movement has long had support from many in the international left. If anyone has anything to add to the thread, I hope we can focus on the concerns raised by and on behalf of women living under the elected FSLN government here and now, without being derailed in the way these things can be. :(
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