Afghan Women Protest Continued Denial of Rights, Extrajudicial Killings

Peoples Dispatch Photo: Tolo News Contrary to its promises, the Taliban government has failed to reopen most of the girls’ schools that were shut following its takeover and end restrictions on women working outside their homes. The government has also announced fresh curbs on the movement of women Security forces in Afghanistan fired in the…

Repression and Sexual Violence Against Women in Colombia

María Fernanda Barreto Colombian women have been protagonists of the National Strike (Photo: Esteban Vega / Semana) The Brutal Repression against the National Strike The figures of human rights violations in Colombia in the context of the repression of the National Strike that began on April 28th are evidence of State terrorism in Colombia. The…

Patriarchy Is as Cunning as Capitalism

Raúl Cazal and Alba Carosio Alba Carosio has been a feminist activist since the 1960s. She practices a feminism committed to popular struggles and to the poorest and most excluded women. Nevertheless, she is aware that her reach was limited, until Hugo Chávez became President of the Republic: Women’s struggles for their rights pre-existed the…

Brazil: The Impacts of Wildcat Mining for Women

Martha Raquel Illustration: The Struggle of Indigenous Women in Brazil – Fernando Bertolo Indigenous peoples live in distress, anguish, and fear due to the illegal activity and the risk of mercury contamination Illicit mining activity has daily impacts on indigenous peoples in Brazil. Invasions ushered by wildcat mining meddle and disrupt the dynamics and lives…

Struggling for a Life Free from Violence: A Conversation with Virginia Martínez

Cira Pascual Marquina Since 1992 the feminist organization A grassroots organization helps victims of machista violence and promotes sexual and reproductive rights. Mujeres por la Vida [Women for Life] has been working out of what we now know as the Ataroa Commune in Barquisimeto, Lara state. The organization carries out popular feminist education and promotes…

Honduras: Five Years Demanding Justice

Peoples Dispatch Berta’s organization, COPINH, has called for a series of global actions to intensify the struggle demanding justice in her case Five years have passed since Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Berta was the co-founder and coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) and…

Guatemala: Girls Must not be Touched, Must not be Raped, Must not be Killed

Carolina Vazquez Araya Photo: Bill Hackwell In Guatemala, a strategy of terror is being carried out on the bodies of girls, boys, and adolescents. The country is passing through one of its darkest periods in its recent history. Helpless and unaided against the power of crime syndicates, the population is paralyzed when confronted with the…

Gender Violence is Policy of the State

Ilka Oliva Corado Women performing “Un violador en tu camino,” or “A Rapist in Your Path,” in a demonstration against gender-based violence in front of the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile. In societies with neoliberal governments, gender violence, mass poverty and exploitation are all policy of the State. Before the armed forces we have religion…

Crime against Humanity: The Girls of Paraguay

Stella Calloni The appalling silence of the Paraguayan government on the disappearance of 14-year-old Carmen Elizabeth Oviedo Villalba, daughter of political prisoners Carmen Villaba and Alcides Oviedo, after the Paraguayan army’s Joint Task Force (JTF) murdered Lilian Mariana and Maria Carmen Villalba last September, both 11 years old, both from the same family, who lived…

Feminism with a Socialist and Internationalist Heart

Interview with Claudia Korol From November 25 to December 10, days of activism for non-violence against women and girls are celebrated in Cuba. In this context, Granma spoke with Claudia Korol, Argentine journalist, popular educator, feminist, Marxist and anti-colonialist, who is involved in Feminists of Abya Yala, and is coordinator and author of valuable books…

They Want Us Dead: US Education is a Practice of Inherent Violence

Carrie MorrisFrom origins of exploited free labor from enslaved Africans to the eery connection between profit over people and corporate greed, the US education system is a white supremacist technology, tool, and weapon that interconnects and maintains a tradition to colonial orders of the status quo. The violence of the U.S. education system has operated…