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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


Honduran activist Berta Cáceres assassinated

3 March 2016

The Central America Women’s Network condemns the assassination Berta Cáceres, leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH). Berta Cáceres was awarded last year’s Goldman Environmental Prize. In awarding the prize, the Goldman Prize committee said ” in a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam. Read more

A vigil will take place on Monday 7 at 3pm in front of the Honduran Embassy in London.



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Empowerment Approach in Tourism, The Voices of Nicaraguan WomenOctober 2015

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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