The meeting with Honduran women this morning was sobering to say the least. In 2011 there were 460 cases of femicide (murder of women) — that’s a woman murdered every 16 hours. Of these cases, seven were brought to the justice system. Women human rights defenders are targeted with death threats, harassment, threats to their children, and sexual violence. In spite of this, we met over 50 women today who continue to fight for women’s rights, and for an end to impunity. They are building networks, organizing and continuing to call themselves “feminists in resistance”. The meeting was live-tweeted at #defensoras – tons of startling info there… don’t miss.
Do not dismiss this as feminist rhetoric. These are women, most often poor women, surviving and fighting for basic human rights, such as food, the right to exist, and the right to raise their children in a safe and healthy environments and to provide them education. These are nobel qualities and are worthy of your attention.
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