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This analysis piece weighs the achievements, opportunities and limitations for women’s rights in Honduras.

Xiomara Castro’s presidency in Honduras on November 28, 2021 marked a series of firsts for Honduras. She’s the first woman to become president. As the candidate of the Liberty and Refoundation Party (LIBRE), she broke the two-party monopoly on power held by the Liberal and National parties for the first time since democracy was restored in 1982. She also won with more votes than any candidate has ever received before.

Now comes the hard part. A year in, with the honeymoon long over, what are the opportunities and limitations the president faces, and what is the role of the grassroots movements that elected her?

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