Regional Articles Archives for December 2011

From Nov. 25- Dec. 11, approximately two thousand feminists located across El Salvador mobilized through protests, speeches and more in a large scale initiative to combat violence against women. AMS (Association for the Self-Determination and Development of Women), The Feminist Collective , the COMUN Collective, The Union of Women and other feminist organizations were leaders in this effort to demand that the government of El Salvador comply with its promises to quell the alarming trend of violence against women.

Worldwide, soaring food prices, mounting unemployment, Wall Street scandals, and countries on the brink of financial default have given rise to protests that have brought down entire governments. Citizens everywhere are mobilizing to demand accountability for the global financial crisis. As media and opinion leaders race to make sense of these burgeoning political movements, they are hardly a new phenomenon.

For many people around the world, economic policy is shrouded in the mystique of “expertise” that tends to obscure the politics behind the economics and prevents citizens from participating fully and openly in economic policy making.There is therefore an urgent need to shift decision making power to the larger public especially women.