Civil Society Crackdown in Nicaragua

October 22, 2008

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WLP colleagues from the Autonomous Women’s Movement (MAM) in Nicaragua have called our attention to the government’s raid and seizure of documents and computers from their offices on October 10th. The raid of MAM’s offices as well as the Centre for Investigation and Communication (CINCO) offices are another step of President Daniel Ortega’s government's campaign against civil society organizations, particularly feminists, who have been outspoken critics of his government.

The Politics of Participation: Women and Transformative Leadership

March 18, 2008

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The 21st century is the century for women and politics. Six extraordinary grassroots leaders from four regions of the world discuss practical strategies and culture friendly initiatives that they have used to mobilize women, and especially young women, to participate in making decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their communities.

WLP Convenes First Regional Institute in Central America

February 26, 2008

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The Institute brought together twenty-four participants from seven countries in the region: Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and El Salvador. The participants, all of whom were experienced trainers and activists, welcomed the leadership concepts and methodologies offered in the manual, as well as the application of the leadership concept and methodology to diverse fields, including economic justice, women’s health and reproductive rights, violence against women, indigenous rights, human rights, youth advocacy, and microfinance.

Malena de Montis, Nicaragua: Fodem/Cenzontle’s Economic Empowerment Programs for Women

December 5, 2007

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Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Nearly 80% of its population lives on less than two dollars a day. Women’s economic participation and contribution to the household income has increased in the last decades mainly because of wars, urbanization, internal and external migration, demand for women’s labor in the maquilas, crisis in the formal economic sector, and women’s increased capacity to generate income in the informal sector. Women head 30% of homes in rural areas and 44% of homes in urban areas. These households are more economically vulnerable and the majority of them are poor, with only a single income to cover basic needs.

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