State legislators on the front lines of abortion ban battles met women who have been imprisoned as a result of El Salvador’s total abortion ban.
The girl who came to the rural health center in Jocotán was only 13. I cannot forget her face. Her eyes were wide with terror and shame. Her voice trembled when she finally got up the nerve to speak, and then she collapsed, crying. She was pregnant. She had no idea how it had happened. It seems incredible, but nobody had ever explained to her how her body worked.
Social class and education could not save her. My colleague and friend, despite all her vigilance, earned el derecho de descansar in her death by feminicidio. She fought for her life and lost.
In her new memoir, Knitting the Fog, chapina writer Claudia Hernández reflects on the impact of her mother’s difficult decision to flee domestic violence and poverty in Guatemala and immigrate illegally into the U.S.
“The fear for us is not new. We have always been scared.”
Nayib Bukele ran as an outsider, promising change across El Salvador. Now, he has the opportunity to write a new chapter for his country’s women—one in which they have safe, legal access to abortion.
Actors Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira joined National Domestic Workers Alliance Gender Justice Campaigns Director Monica Ramirez and award-winning producer Nely Galan to talk about the impact of “Roma”—and center Latinas in the narrative.
A historic decision in December allowed Imelda Cortez to walk free, absolved of all charges, after 19 months in prison—and marked a milestone in the fight to end El Salvador’s cruel, draconian ban on abortion.
Now is the time to spend our money, time and know-how reaching people in great need with tried and true interventions—including educational resources for children. This approach is a smarter and more sustainable plan forward than spending billions of dollars building a wall or terrorizing immigrants. It’s also more humane.
Over 57 million people voted to elect Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s next president at the end of October, shocking feminists around the world who had rallied in solidarity against his campaign. Now, LGBTQ activists fear that a war against their rights—and lives—has just begun.