/Tag: Nicaragua


19 02, 2018

Gendered Experiences Of Adaptation To Drought: Patterns Of Change In El Sauce, Nicaragua

2020-09-03T01:47:41-04:00Tags: |

Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America is considered one of the most at risk countries by World Risk Report 2016. Natural disasters and poor socio-economic conditions increase the vulnerability of Nicaragua citizens. To analyze the gender dimension of such vulnerability, Lisa Segnestam, researcher from Stockholm Environmental Institute wrote a paper that explores the socio-economic and environmental factors contributing to gender inequality. Her research findings unveiled that lack of control and poor access resources has increased the gender gap which further impacts the ways Nicaraguans respond to climate change. Photo Credit: Lisa Segnestam.

6 12, 2017

Front Line Defenders Profiles Lottie Cunningham Wren

2018-03-06T17:28:27-05:00Tags: |

Lottie Cunningham Wren is a human rights defender and Founder of the Centre for Justice and Human Rights of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. Working with 124 remote communities, she helps Indigenous people exercise their legal rights and protect natural resources, and speaks out against the invasion of lands by private companies. Her role in the landmark Awas Tingni vs. Nicaragua case resulted in huge land rights victories for Indigenous peoples through the Americas. However, Cunningham Wren works in a precarious context. She received threatening letters in March 2017, was subjected to a kidnapping attempt in May 2015, and her colleagues now face intimidation. Photo credit: Front Line Defenders

19 09, 2017

Murder Of Celedonia Zalazar, Community Judge And Defender Of Indigenous Territory On Caribbean Coast

2017-10-21T23:53:05-04:00Tags: |

Celedonia Zalazar Point, a community judge and defender of indigenous land rights, was unjustly murdered due to escalating territorial disputes between Indigenous communities and imperialist settlers. After Bernicia Dixon Peranta, she is the second women’s human rights defender to be murdered on the Caribbean Coast, in addition to numerous deaths and displacements due to government inaction. Photo credit: Mesoamerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders

1 04, 2017

Harvesting Hope Is On The Airwaves!

2017-11-01T02:10:55-04:00Tags: |

“Harvesting Hope” is a project of the organization MADRE that seeks to support Indigenous women farmers and their families. Together with their local partner, Wangki Tangni, they established a women’s rights radio station in Nicaragua. Called “Women of the Wangki”, the station reaches 115 communities throughout the north coast of Nicaragua. The broadcast includes themes such as human rights, community activities, information about the Harvesting Hope Project, and the impacts of climate change. With these kind of broadcasts, people of the region learn about better ways to prepare for higher temperatures and stronger storms. An example is Albertina, who sold her cabbage crops in a MADRE-supported farmers’ market, after she heard about it on the radio. Photo credit: MADRE

12 02, 2017

Indigenous Women Take To Radio To Say No More Violence In Nicaragua

2017-10-14T15:55:48-04:00Tags: |

Violence against women and girls is common in Nicaragua, particularly for Indigenous women who often live in remote areas. In June 2016, the “Voices of the Women of Wangki Tangni” project established the first radio station to focus on women’s rights in the North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. The project targets more than 63 communities in the region. The “communicadoras” or radio hosts are providing consistent information on women’s rights, human rights and Indigenous concepts of peaceful living. The station is the region’s only one to air programmes in the local Miskito language. Photo credit: UN Trust Fund/Mildred Garcia

12 12, 2016

For Indigenous Women, Land Access Essential To Eradicating Gender-Based Violence

2017-07-16T13:34:59-04:00Tags: |

In this interview, Myrna Cunnigham, a Miskita feminist, Indigenous rights activist and president of the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) in Nicaragua explains why the gender-based violence Indigenous women and girls experience within their communities cannot be separated from colonisation or traditional territorial governance systems. As climate change and land grabs threaten Indigenous women’s role as traditional protectors of Mother Earth, Cunningham invites people worldwide to mobilise against gender-based violence, as it is also a matter of collective rights. Photo credit: Intercontinental Cry

1 01, 2016

Resilient Agriculture In Nicaragua: Unión De Cooperativas Las Brumas

2017-11-07T12:28:37-05:00Tags: |

The Unión de Cooperativas de Mujeres Productoras Las Brumas, Nicaragua (Union of Cooperatives of Women Las Brumas) began after the end of the civil war, when women from both sides started farming again to rebuild the country. They organized a farmer cooperative as a reconciliatory effort, and today it is a network of 22 cooperatives and more than 1,320 women. They advocate for food security, land tenure, and good practices of cooperation with the government. In 2009 they started offering formal training to improve their activities. For example, Haydee Rodriguez, president of Las Brumas, and Helen Toruño, farmer and president of one of the cooperatives, collaborated to learn about agricultural engineering and innovative methods. Using the Community Resilience Fund, an initiative by Huairou Commission for micro-funding for grassroots women, they purchased farming materials, diversified products, and saw an increase in productivity and income. Photo credit: Huairou Commission

7 09, 2015

Women Revolutionize Waste Management On A Nicaraguan Island

2017-07-20T19:18:35-04:00Tags: |

Maria del Rosario Gutierrez used to make money selling scrap metals and plastic waste for reuse. Realizing that many women made a living scavenging for materials to recycle, she founded the Association of Women Recyclers of Altagracia to provide hygiene tips and training. The women have inspired their community with their efforts to recycle waste and keep their island clean. Photo credit: Karin Paladino/IPS  

13 12, 2014

Indigenous Women Living On The Frontlines of Climate Change In Nicaragua

2017-12-13T13:13:18-05:00Tags: |

Natalia Caruso of MADRE, speaks with to two women, Albertina and Severina, who are part of a program which helps provide organic seeds to women small-scale farmers. They explain that even though climate change has adversely impacted farming, Indigenous women are taking action and implementing several solutions in order to fight it, such as creating seed banks which guarantee food security for the next planting season. Photo credit: Elizabeth Rappaport

22 10, 2013

Empowering Women Farmers Through Food Sovereignty And Environmental Stewardship

2017-08-22T09:40:09-04:00Tags: |

Faced with the challenges of climate change and the deleterious impacts of agrochemicals, female farmers in Nicaragua have formed cooperatives to pursue a series of environmentally-friendly initiatives. The women’s cooperatives are promoting the production of native seeds and farming methods to help address climate change, as well as the production of organic fertilizers. Women farmers are now exporting over 60,000 pounds of organic, fair trade coffee to North America. Photo credit: Fair World Project

10 08, 2011

Water Is Central To Every Aspect Of Our Lives: A Message From Rose Cunningham

2017-10-20T23:09:56-04:00Tags: |

Rose Cunningham, director of Wangki Tangni, a community development organization promoting sustainable development in Nicaragua and a partner to MADRE, discusses the importance of water to Nicaraguan families. Extreme weather patterns associated with climate change are threatening this precious resource and disrupting livelihoods, particularly that of women, as they are primary water managers in most households. Photo credit: MADREspeaks