Latin America and the Caribbean have become increasingly dangerous for women and families. Women’s rights and freedoms are under serious threat, and the safety of women human rights defenders is particularly precarious. From 2009 to today, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras top the list of reported cases of violence against women human rights defenders and social activists.
To put it mildly, women in the region are fed up. So fed up that grantee partner, Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos decided to take on the most powerful perpetrators in society, with little support and few alliances. They set an ambitious goal: to map the reality of women’s rights defenders in Mesoamerica and to offer mechanisms to protect the lives of those women in the struggle for social justice and equality.
The 50 plus women activists involved in the project discovered political threats and sexual violence are used across the region to silence women.
United and representing diverse social movements including: feminist, labor unions, rural, peasant and LBTQ communities, these women activists give greater visibility to women’s resistance. Invaluable to the women’s movement, they strategize across the region to demand their rights and fundamental freedoms.