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Guatemala: A Revival of Hope 

By Laura Carlsen On August 20, Guatemalans achieved a victory they didn’t expect from the polls—wresting control out of the hands of a powerful elite that had imposed increasingly authoritarian rule over 17 million people, among the most impoverished in…

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Governing with the People

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…

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Guatemala Faces a Critical Juncture

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* Photograph credit: Saul Martinez/ Reuters  By Laura Carlsen, Edited by the JASS Mesoamérica Team Guatemala is teetering on the brink following the surprising results of the first round of elections on June 25, where the ruling group saw its…

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Laura Zúniga Cáceres

Laura Zúniga Cáceres is from La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras. Since her adolescence, she has participated in youth, communication and popular education spaces in her community. After the coup détat in Honduras, she migrated to Argentina where she participated in youth…

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Fabiola Villarreal

Fabiola is a Nicaraguan woman with over 15 years’ experience in international development. A social communications graduate, who initially started her career as a journalist, Fabiola recently completed her MBA, specializing in organizational management. She has worked in national, regional…

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Belkis Alicia Lopez Navarro

Belkis is a professional with solid experience of more than 34 years as former Director of the AFS in Honduras, in education and intercultural learning, administrative management of non-profit associations that work with volunteers and exchange programs. She has a…

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Aída Fernández

Aída is a Guatemalan feminist who began her profession as a sociologist, working in research and local organisations that allowed her to work deeply with rural communities. She lived in a community of internally displaced people for a year to…

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