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”
La Congoja is a remote place. This village is a significant distance from the urban centre of the municipality of Yondó. To get there you have to travel cross half the municipality, for hours along a rugged track. The landscape is dotted with green hills and sparse woods. Surprises await around every corner: Continue reading In La Congoja, writing History is a collective endeavour