The first time I accompanied Doña Nelis on one of her home care visits, it was immediately clear that she was a leader. People shouted out greetings (¡Adios Doña Nelis!”) as she walked by, and often stopped her with inquiries or … Continue reading One of Nicaragua’s Superwomen: Nurse Nelis
This is a guest post by Taylor Boggs, a GLOW 2017 counselor. Camp GLOW 2017 has been hands down one of my favorite experiences of my entire Peace Corps service. The transformation these girls underwent was unbelievable. At the start of camp, they were shy and discouraged and within just 24 hours, they were outgoing and curious. I watched new friendships unfold and new ideas of feminism and sexual diversity penetrate their minds. The most rewarding moment during camp was the incredible attention and participation my co-facilitator, Bismarck, and I received during our sexuality session. Prior to the beginning of camp, … Continue reading Sexuality at its Finest
Lately the patriarchy has seemed even more inescapable than ever. It’s not just the catcalls, rigid gender norms in my community, the sexualization of young girls here, there’s also the near daily unveiling of a new Harvey Weinstein, ridiculous comments … Continue reading Patriarchy Overload: Ways to unwind as a feminist when the machista world gets you down
Máxima En verdad en verdad les digo: No hay nada más poderoso en el mundo que una mujer. Por eso nos persiguen. -Gioconda Belli Nicaraguan author, novelist, and poet. Serving in … Continue reading Dear Female PCVs, Thank You.
Exigimos respeto a los derechos humanos de las mujeres. “We demand respect for the human rights of women”, reads the colorful mural across the street from the largest supermarket in the city. Estelí, Nicaragua is a vibrant, bustling city with … Continue reading The Art of Making a Statement
“It must be so hard; I can only imagine,” said often by many of my comforting volunteer friends, and while I completely appreciate their sentiments and feelings, the truth of the matter is sometimes it is but that’s only sometimes. … Continue reading A Gay Man in Nicaragua
When I think of girls’ empowerment, these images come to mind: Girls’ hands flying in the air during class to ask questions Girls learning that if they were boys, they wouldn’t be called “bossy” As an English teacher and member … Continue reading Camp GLOW 2016: What Girls Taught Me About Empowering Them