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Global Ideas ‘Climate change is making us stronger’ — Resilient Bolivian women adapt to global warming

Nestled in Bolivia's Cochabamba valley is the village of Tiraque. One of dozens of indigenous farming communities in the traditionally fertile local region, it sits at an altitude of 3,300 meters (10,800 feet). There, families live as they have for generations: from what they...

Can Sports Reduce Violence Toward Women?

(Olive Branch) Women who practice a sport claim that sports give them better health and raise their self-esteem. And studies have shown that sports can empower women. Lakshi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations says that sports teach leadership and how to think strategically,...

4 out of 10 Costa Ricans still believe that there are careers for men only

"There are careers that are considered male or only for men." With this affirmation, 4 out of 10 Costa Ricans agree, as reflected in the National Survey of Perception of Human Rights of Women in Costa Rica (Encuesta Nacional de Percepción de Los Derechos...

Peru Women Still Victims of Political Gender Gap

According to data by Peru’s National Office of Electoral Processes, only 19 women were elected to be district and provincial mayors of a total of 1.676 district municipalities and 196 provincial municipalities. Over 23 million Peruvians cast their vote on Oct. 7, in the country’s...

Argentina’s abortion legalization debate ignites soul searching on women’s rights

As an Argentinean scholar of gender in politics, I’m normally called to provide commentary on some fairly depressing statistics. For example, there are just two women who head Argentina’s 20 federal government ministries. And last year, Argentinean women earned nearly 25 percent less than men...

In Latin America, is there a link between abortion rights and democracy?

Three-quarters of all abortions in Latin America are performed illegally, putting the woman’s life at risk. Together with Africa and Asia, the region accounts for many of the 17.1 million unsafe abortions performed globally each year, according to a new report in The Lancet,...

Colombian militants have a new plan for the country, and it’s called ‘insurgent feminism’

Women transitioning from the front lines to civilian life are bringing with them some pretty high expectations of equality. Federico Rios/Reuters TODAY COLOMBIA – When Victoria Sandino, a long-time fighter in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), joined the guerrilla organisation’s peace talks with...

Wonder Woman: feminist icon or symbol of oppression?

It’s been a busy – and controversial – year for Wonder Woman. In October 2016, the United Nations made a curious appointment: Wonder Woman would be the global organisation’s new Ambassador for Women’s Empowerment, aligned with the launch of a new campaign to fuel Sustainable...

Incest Case Attests That, in Costa Rica, Abortion Is Legal In Name Only

Q COSTA RICA (by Larissa Arroyo Navarrete, University of Costa Rica) In Costa Rica, women have had the right to abortion since 1970. Well, more or less. The concept of the “unpunished abortion”, established in article 121 of the penal code, permits the termination...

Legislator Proposes Father’s Day Be A Legal Holiday in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - There's Mother's Day and then there's Father's Day. In Costa Rica Mother's Day is a legal holiday. It has its own day, August 15. Meanwhile Father's Day, celebrated the third Sunday of June like in most other parts of the world, is...

Costa Rica 2nd In Gender Equality in Central America

QCOSTARICA - When it comes to gender equality Costa Rica is second in Central America, 5th in the ranking of Latin American and the Caribbean countries and 38th worldwide. Costa Rica's neighbour to the north, Nicaragua is first in Latin America and the Caribbean and...

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