Women´s Voices at the II Festival of the Memory of Rape during War and Conflict in Guatemala
María Suárez Toro, FIRE.
Chimaltenango, February 28, 2011. "Today we recover a social and political space that belongs to women and all the peoples of Chimaltenango because what happened during the conflicto now has a voice in the brave women who have spoken out and begun healing the wounds” said Yolanda Aguilar, one of the organizers of the Festival. More tan 200 activistas against rape in war and conflict from Guatemala and other countries gathered to share strategies and actions of survival, proactive activism and healing processes.
Wisconsin Hits Labor, Reproductive Rights in Single Blow
By Sharon Johnson, WeNews Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wisconsin's new law against collective bargaining by public-sector workers is another front in the mass attack on reproductive rights, since unions pioneered such things as contraceptive health coverage, now considered politically vulnerable.
Margaret, aged 91 years; photo by Anne Thompson
Wisconsin's passage last week of a law stripping public workers of their bargaining rights is another major attack on reproductive rights and women's health care access, say family-planning advocates.
TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS PROFIT FROM BROKEN IMMIGRATION POLICY IN U.S.
Protestors monthly vigil aims to combat inhumane conditions in detention center
By Margie Thompson February 7, 2011 - Aurora, Colorado/ The building is enormous, several hundred thousand square feet with small dark windows along the side, surrounded by high beam security lights and a tall chain link and barbed wire fence. It’s nearly zero degrees outside but one can only imagine the chill of high security prison for the 400 male and 100 female immigrants locked up inside the detention center in Aurora, Colorado. This is the second largest facility in the United States, and is owned by the GEO Corporation. Those imprisoned inside are dressed in color-coded uniforms according to "security risk," and may be locked up for weeks, months and even years, awaiting a decision of the immigration courts. The "inmates" must talk to any visitors through a glass shield, and they are not allowed to hold their children nor hug a spouse.
TRIBUTE TO LAURA HERSHEY Feminist, activist, writer & co-editor of FIRE webspace on Women & Disabilities (1962-2010)
By Margie Thompson
She was a feminist, a disability-rights activist, poet, writer, journalist, lesbian partner, mom. She was Laura Hershey of Denver Colorado, with a strong voice heard by many. She was passionate, damn smart, righteously angry, funny, generous, and kind. And she died suddenly on November 26, 2011 after a short illness. As someone said on her memorial website, “I can’t imagine a world without Laura Hershey,” and I really can’t.
Women’s roles in leading change, and their ideas and actions for shaping the future was the focus of the TEDWomen event held on December 8, 2010 at the University for Peace in El Rodeo, Costa Rica, and linked virtually to the main TEDWomen for TEDx event in Washington DC. For more information on TEDx, click here.
Margarita Penón (Costa Rica), first woman candidate for president, former First Lady of Costa Rica (Oscar Árias)
Jody Williams (US), activist, 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate (speaking from Washington DC)
Ana Elena Obando (Costa Rica), international human rights lawyer, feminist activist