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Women take over the streets in Latin America!

In March 2023, before their colonial and patriarchal states, women in Latin America have organized a movement with force and power to denounce the sexist violence imposed on their bodies and that limit the full exercise of their rights throughout their diversity.

In Guatemala: La Cuerda, the Ixoqib MIRIAM Association, and the National Movement of Granny Midwives Nim Alaxik demanded the participation of women in decision-making spaces and public denunciation of the high rates of violence against mixed-race and indigenous women, and how this situation has increased in the pre-electoral context as a result of a strategy by ultra-conservative and right-wing parties to gain followers.

In Ecuador: Las Hijas de Pandora (Pandora’s daughters), Feminist University Coalition, Colectiva Sordas Feministas (Deaf Feminist Collective), Women’s Federation of Sucumbíos, and the Women’s Platform on the Road to Equality, from their various provinces, were reunited to demand to the government the strengthening of public policies for the eradication of violence, as well as the creation of a National Care System with a budget. In addition, in the face of the wave of insecurity threatening the “Not one less” (Ni una menos), they demanded their right to live a life free of violence. This month, the Feminist University Coalition also presented a bill to the Legislative Branch to fight violence in Higher Education.

From Colombia, the Network of Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Organizations (LESLAC) had an in-person reunion for the first time, to define the governance parameters and guidelines for the inclusion of other organizations, which would allow them to reach more lesbian, bisexual, and queer women from Abya Yala.

At the regional level, however, the Women’s Health Network -RSMLAC- participated in the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), held in New York from March 6th to the 17th, together with the Inter-American Commission of Women and officials from Panama, Peru, Mexico, Canada, the United States, Colombia, and Spain, who discussed digital violence against women in politics.

The strength of the organized groups of women from Latin America showed a greater force this 8M. In every possible space, the united voices of millions of Abya Yala women were heard, demanding equal rights and opportunities for everyone!