This 4 March was not any old Monday for the Bajo Atrato communities, and in particular for the Nueva Esperanza en Dios (New Hope in God) Humanitarian Zone, located in the Cacarica river basin (Chocó). At the close of their memory festival to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of Operation Genesis and the resulting forced displacement of thousands, for the first time a judicial authority visited their territory. Continue reading Historic JEP Hearing in Cacarica
Chapter 2, The impacts of violence
Women defenders confront specific forms of violence with respect to men. Amongst the most common aggressions that women defenders in Mesoamerica experience are psychological threats, defamation, smear campaigns, threats, criminalisation, sexual violence or killings. Continue reading #UsWomenDefenders: The impacts of violence
Because of their work in defense of human rights, women human rights defenders challenge the traditional gender roles of the patriarchal society that keeps women in the domestic sphere. Continue reading Women defenders: the cornerstone of human rights defense
Chapter 1, Us, defenders – What does it mean to be a defender?
Being a woman human rights defender is a commitment for life. It implies breaking stereotypes defined by the patriarchal society in a context of structural inequalities, impunity, corruption, organised crime, misogyny, lgbt-phobia, hateful discourses, extractivism, neo-liberal policies and the closing of civic space. Continue reading Being a woman human rights defender
Under the blue chapel roof and under the gaze of their dead, on Sunday 24 February, the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó met for the first time with the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Co-Existence and Non-Repetition. After a minute’s silence Continue reading “We believe in true reconciliation”