Saturday, 5 December 2020

Meet the Sex Workers Replacing Cops in Nicaragua

Emilia, a member of the Sunflowers of Nicaragua, showing her judicial facilitator ID. | Photo: Reuters

TODAY NICARAGUA – “We are capable women, we defend our rights, and we are also contributing to justice in our country,” said Sunflowers of Nicaragua member Maria Elena Davila.

In most countries around the world, sex workers are criminalized by police officers. In Sandinista-run Nicaragua, sex workers are replacing police officers.

Last January, French filmmaker Florence Jaugey released a documentary about the Sunflowers of Nicaragua, a woman-led sex worker collective serving as community mediators for the socialist government. Today, the documentary is receiving praise across Latin America, one of the most dangerous regions in the world for sex workers.

- Advertisement -

“We wanted to show the world that we are not the image they have of us,” Sunflowers of Nicaragua member Maria Elena Davila told El Nuevo Diario.

“We are capable women, we defend our rights, and we are also contributing to justice in our country. This documentary tells our story.”

In 2009, members of the Sunflowers of Nicaragua began organizing against discrimination and violence within their communities. They did this with the intention of gaining the trust of their communities in order to win mass support for their primary demand: the judicial integration and unionization of sex workers across the country. Their strategy worked.

n 2015, Nicaragua’s Supreme Court of Justice asked members of the collective if they wanted to work as judicial facilitators in Managua, Economy reports. Now, the sex workers are accredited and have licenses signed by the Supreme Court of Justice to mediate small conflicts in their communities, which include problems between relatives and neighbors.

- Advertisement -

The program is intended to “reduce the weight on the police and the judicial system” while integrating sex workers into Nicaragua’s judicial system, Jaugey told Economy in a recent interview.

“It’s a unique case in the world that the justice authorities have given this responsibility to these women,” Jaugey said.

But also the success of this film is not just due to Nicaragua and the state of the law here, it’s also due to the goodwill of these women.”

The Sunflowers of Nicaragua has also been accepted by the socialist government’s Confederation of Self-Employed Workers, granting them legal union status. The collective, which aims to organize Nicaragua’s estimated 14,000 sex workers, has recruited 2,300 thus far.

Last February, Nicaragua’s Ministry of Labor ruled in favor of a sex worker who was fired from a nightclub for being pregnant, setting a precedent for the country’s sex worker labor laws.

Artile originally appeared on Telesurtv.net

- Advertisement -

Article originally appeared on Today Nicaragua and is republished here with permission.

- Advertisement -
Q24N
Q24N is an aggregator of news for Latin America. Reports from Mexico to the tip of Chile and Caribbean are sourced for our readers to find all their Latin America news in one place.

Related Articles

19 dead and 45 injured in traffic accident in Waslala, Matagalpa

TODAY NICARAGUA – The overturning of a truck left 16 people...

4 killed, 48,000 evacuated as Hurricane Iota Tears Across Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA – The damage from Hurricane Iota in Nicaragua is...

MOST READ

Book about Salvini among the best sellers in Italy …

QWORLD - A curious book dedicated to the leader of the extreme right in Italy, Matteo Salvini deserves "Why Salvini deserves trust, respect and...

minimize the risks of contagion of covid-19 this end of the year

QCOSTARICA - You cannot cover the sun with one finger and look the other way: there will be get-togethers and parties this end of...

Ghost lodging: the new way to scam families on vacation

QCOSTARICA - If it seems better than expected, the ads for beach houses, with private pools, perfect for families who want to take a...

Costa Rica-Mexico Chamber of Entrepreneurs attributes Lala’s departure to ‘government protectionism’

QCOSTARICA - The Costa Rica-Mexico Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Cicomex) blamed the “clear desire for protectionism that has characterized this Government” for the...

Traffic Fines for 2021

QCOSTARICA - This is the list with the correct amounts of fines for traffic violations in effect starting January 1, 2021. ...

Costa Rica formalizes contract with Pfizer and BioNTech for covid-19 vaccine

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica has signed the legal manufacturing and supply contract for the Covid-19 vaccine with Pfizer and BioNTech, as confirmed by President...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.

Article originally appeared on Today Nicaragua and is republished here with permission.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.