A statement in solidarity with human rights defenders in Nicaragua from Latin American Women’s Funds
In the past few days, the world has witnessed thousands of Nicaraguans taking to the streets in response to government austerity measures, that would effectively privatise all remaining public services. Young people have been at the forefront of these protests, organising rallies, meetings and protests from schools and universities. Unfortunately, this means that young people have also been most affected by violent repression and young women human rights defenders have been injured or murdered by government forces.
FRIDA especially extends its solidarity with its community of young feminist organizers and partners, who are affected by the wave of violent repression in Nicaragua. We are extremely saddened and outraged to see that every day repression and violence against activists and protesters from the government prevail.
Latin American women funds and FRIDA got together to release a statement of solidarity. (Please see image below) We are asking the international community to stand with Nicaraguan civil society, organisations and human right defenders in a call for the IMMEDIATE stop to the violence. We stand with our sisters on the ground facing this wave of violence and call on others to do the same by sharing this statement and supporting #SOSNicaragua