“It’s On Us”

… to stop sexual assault … to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault … to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur … to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given … to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. Peace Corps is aligning its efforts with the national campaign launched by the White House: IT’S ON US. The campaign encourages everyone to make a personal commitment to step up and prevent sexual assault. Visit the website to learn more, sign the pledge, … Continue reading “It’s On Us”

Mark your calendars! Upcoming: Day of the Girl and Men’s Day

October 11th is internationally celebrated as Día de la Niña (known in English as Day of the Girl or Day of the Girl Child) to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. It’s only 4 weeks away! Here are some ideas for celebrating in your site… Host a movie night with films like Girl Rising or other local variations that show the challenges girls face and their potential to contribute to their communities. (click here for our post on gender consciousmovie nights) Perform plays and sing songs about the importance of girls’ education at primary … Continue reading Mark your calendars! Upcoming: Day of the Girl and Men’s Day

Global Gender Gap–where does Nica stand?

Since 2006 the World Economic Forum has produced an annual Global Gender Gap Report. When Hannah, a health volunteer in rural Matagalpa, heard that in 2012 Nicaragua ranked inside the top ten while the US held a spot at #22, she felt there was some investigating and reflecting to do.
The following post was originally published on Hannah’s personal blog on March 29th, 2013 and is re-posted here with her permission. 

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Dia contra la violencia hacia las mujeres

This past week, on November 25th, Nicaragua celebrated the Día Internacional para la Eliminación de la Violencia hacia las Mujeres with marches, radio reports, and other events across the county. El Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres (MAM), which brings together all the feminists organizations in Nicaragua, led the march in Managua that not only spoke out against violence against women, but also against the recently proposed constitutional reforms.
According to MAM, 69 women have been murdered this year, 40 of whom died in their own homes; however, the official number from the state-run Comisaría de la Mujer, Niñez, y Adolescencia is 53 women from January to September of this year.

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