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Spotlight on Honduras: Women Waging Hope Fundraiser
June 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
A virtual fundraiser for CoDevelopment Canada’s Latin American partners in solidarity.
We at CoDevelopment Canada warmly invite you to our virtual event, Spotlight on Honduras: Women Waging Hope, taking place on Saturday, June 11th from 2-3:30pm PDT (5-6:30 EDT). This fundraising event brings together Honduran education and garment workers to discuss opportunities and hopes heralded by the newly elected government of President Xiomara Castro, the first female president of Honduras and the first democratically-elected President from outside the country’s two-party system.
After 12 years of a post-coup, U.S.-backed narco-dictatorship, hope for change has sprung. Hundreds of land and environmental defenders and social activists, over 400 LGBTQ+ individuals, and over 4,000 women were murdered during this grim chapter of Honduras’s history. Honduras is the femicide epicenter of the Americas and one of the poorest and most unequal countries in the Western Hemisphere. Endemic levels of gender-based violence, narco-state violence, and poverty have fueled record levels of outward migration. In face of these threats and pressures, women have organized to defend public services and workers’ rights and fight sexism and gender-based violence at home, work, and community.
With a new government has come hope, a hope waged in the sweatshops and classrooms, in homes and on the streets – a hope waged by women. Despite recent victories, popular movements face challenges in confronting historical and ongoing abuses. Ever resilient and emboldened, these movements carry the struggle forward. At Spotlight in Honduras, Honduran teachers and maquila workers will share with us lessons on their successes and setbacks and their hopes for the future of Honduras. The event will also feature cultural performances by Honduran workers. Special guest speakers include
Maria Luisa Regalado
Co-founder and Executive Director of The Honduran Women’s Collective (CODEMUH), Coordinator of the Central American Network in Solidarity with Women Maquila Workers (the Network), and the recipient of the 2019 Human Rights Award bestowed by the Embassy of Canada is Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras.
Ramona de los Angeles (Monchita) Avila Nativi
Coordinator of the Non-Sexist and Inclusive Pedagogy Project of the Honduran Middle School Teachers’ College (COPEMH) and Coordinator of COPEMH’s Women’s Network
Bessy Yolanda Berrios Escoto
Vice-President of the First Professional Teachers’ College of Honduras (PRICPHMA) and Coordinator of PRICPHMA’s Non-Sexist and Inclusive Pedagogy Project
We again warmly extend our invitation to this event, the tickets for which can be purchased here.