LAW 2017: Talk “Resistencia Feminista”
When6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, 27/04/2017
Where TBC, The Pearse Centre, Dublin
FLD joins Latin America Week with an event on Resistencia Feminista, co hosted with ARC and Amnesty International
Guest speaker Regina Fonseca is a Honduran women’s rights defender with more than 30 years of experience in the struggle for these rights, particularly sexual and reproductive rights. She is currently Director of International Advocacy at the Women’s Rights Centre (Centro de los Derechos de Mujer – CDM) in Honduras, having spent years working as the coordinator of the sexual and reproductive rights programme of the organisation. This programme raises awareness around sexual and reproductive rights with a particular emphasis on young women in a country where abortion is criminalised. The CDM’s political support of sexual and reproductive rights of women, especially young women, in a context such as the Honduran one, is challenging, particularly due to the heavy influence of the church in public policy, and entails many risks for the organisation and its members. Regina has been defamed and threatened because of her work. She is a psychologist by profession and has a postgraduate degree in women’s studies.
The Women’s Rights Centre is a feminist organisation which has been active for 25 years in the promotion and defense of the human rights of women. As well as being part of the Mesoamerican Initiative for Women Human Rights Defenders, the CDM is part of regional networks such as the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Women’s Health and many others. The CDM has drafted alternative reports for UN Committees such as CEDAW, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and for the UPR.
The challenges for their work lie in the strength of the religious elite in public policy and in the government, because of the resources which these organisations have and control as well as their strong alliances (they are owners in some cases) with the media which has discredit the Centre, distorted its words and called them “soulless”, “murderers” and accused them of “trying to break up families”. LAW 2017: Talk “Resistencia Feminista”