Welcome back to another week of Central American news. Yesterday the world celebrated international women’s day. March 8 has become a day when women are highlighted and when women’s rights are reviewed.
In Central America, women play an important role in politics, activism, business, while often being victims of violence.
Last Sunday marked the third year since Honduran indigenous land activist Berta Cáceres was murdered. Her name has reappeared in the headlines
as 16 officials are accused of corruption linked to the Agua Zarca dam, the project she fought against.
In Guatemala, Thelma Cabrera
, a Mayan mam leader was nominated by her party to run for presidential elections.
The Panama Canal expansion project was led by Ilya Espino de Marotta
- she is known for wearing a pink helmet and vest to claim more space for women in the maritime industry.
are leading the fight to free prisoners incarcerated for participating in anti-Ortega protests.
Recent reports show that immigrant women and minors have allegedly suffered sexual abuse in U.S. government-funded detention facilities while Costa Rica is still reeling from yet another femicide
. In El Salvador, three women
who had been incarcerated for suspected abortions have been freed.
We leave you with the poem-like text of Lisa Shoman
celebrating the women of Belize.
Thank you for reading!
Erratum: Last week, we have included an outdated piece of news from Honduras. We apologize and will make sure this does not happen again. We thank our vigilant reader who has notified us.