Factory workers protesting peacefully are violently attacked and detained by riot police in Nicaragua
7 July, 2016
Last week, Nicaraguan workers suffered the most recent attack on their rights during the storming by riot police of the Korean-owned Sae A Tecnotex SA, a factory situated in the free-trade zone of Tipitapa in Nicaragua.
Workers in the factory had been peacefully campaigning for improved working conditions, such as access to drinking water, more realistic production targets and the reinstatement of two unionised workers, but these demands were met with intimidation and violence by riot police on 27 June called in by the management. As a result of this brutality, many workers were injured and 11 were put behind bars as a ‘preventive measure’. Some of those detained were not even workers of Sae A Tecnotex SA but people who happened to be on the premises at the time – including a pregnant worker and a worker with heart problems, from other companies. The workers were kept in preventive imprisonment for 5 days and only released on 2 July. Read more
Interview with Nicaraguan coffee producer and member of CECOCAFEN
17 March 2016
Ivania Calderón Peralta is a small producer of the ‘Organic Café’ in Northern Nicaragua. Single parent of 5 children, fighter and worker, partner of the ‘Providencia’ Cooperative and board associate of the cooperative CECOCAFEN.
CECOCAFEN is an organisation that encompasses smaller cooperatives from the North of Nicaragua, and which currently covers around 2450 small producers. Around 22% of them are women producers. Read full interview
Latin America, Women’s Rights and Zika; governments response add to women’s burden
17 March 2016
The mosquito borne Zika virus has become a primary concern for Latin America, reigniting debates around birth control and abortion in the region, and around to what extent government’s recommended methods of prevention, mainly addressed to women, meet the reality of women’s control.
Following the first local transmission of Zika in Brazil in May 2015, the virus has spread to more than 20 countries in the Americas, causing the World Health Organisation to declare a global public health emergency. The Zika virus has been linked to a steep increase in reports of microcephaly, a brain defect in babies. Read more
Women, water and tourism in Costa Rica. July 2016
Changes in the use of water due to tourism development affect gender relations in households, communities and markets. The dynamics of inequality have a number of different levels: between tourism enterprises and local residents; between men and women; and between women of different social classes and nationalities. In contrast to most research on this topic to date, this research by Stroma Cole, Lucy Ferguson and Ruya Leghari shows that gender matters in the analysis of tourism and water.
Tourism features in most Development Agendas, such as the Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development . It also features in free trade agreements and in most international development strategies. Its global reach has placed tourism at the heart of decision-making in all spheres, political, financial and economic. The Responsible Tourism movement has been gathering pace and Nicaragua is currently in the process of developing a strategy on Gender and Tourism.
Women’s Reproductive Rights. September, 2015
Maternal and reproductive health is critical to address in order to improve the rates of maternal mortality and morbidity in many developing countries. Maternal health and reproductive rights are intertwined, especially women’s rights to control their fertility and to choose when to become pregnant. But reproductive rights are very contentious in many countries in Latin America, in particular access to contraception and the termination of pregnancies. We provide an overview of the situation in the region with a focus on women in El Salvador.
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