‘The government wants to erase our children’s memory and I can’t allow it as a mother looking for justice.’
On 8 March 2017, 56 girls were locked in a classroom of their state-run children’s home just outside Guatemala City when a fire broke out, only 15 survived. Four years later no one has been sentenced for these crimes. This episode focuses on the enduring work of Ocho Tijax, a women’s group caring for the girls’ families and the survivors as well as fighting their case in the courts. We also hear from Vianney, the mother of Ashly Angelie Rodriguez Hernandez, who lost her life in the fire.
Latin America Bureau and King’s College London are releasing a new podcast series, based on Latin American women’s extraordinary experiences of supporting one another and mitigating gender-based violence in Guatemala, Brazil and the UK.
Episode 1, (25 Nov) Mourning the 56 in Guatemala, looks at the fire in the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción, its aftermath, and the work being done by Ocho Tijax.
One in three women in Latin America have experienced gender-based violence over their lifetime – the highest rate in the world. This incidence has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, with governments and civil society recognising the urgency of addressing the phenomenon.
Latin American women’s organisations are actively resisting and mitigating this violence with multiple strategies. Through collective action they commemorate the dead and care for the living, through arts they draw attention, through protest and lobbying they denounce and forge change.
Aligned with the Global 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (25 Nov to 10 Dec), Latin America Bureau and King’s College London will release three podcasts in which women tell their own stories of social change. By championing their innovative work, the podcast aims to share important learnings in order to positively influence broader policies around violence against women, both within and beyond Latin America.
The podcast will be available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese on all podcast platforms.
I am drawn to this piece, featuring the words of Marielos Monzon, Hell is not a Metaphor for this Place.
Categories: Accompaniment, Audio, Coming events (UK), Femicide, Gender, Genocide, Guatemala, Human Rights, Impunity, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Poverty, Solidarity in Action, Solidarity in Action/Guatemala, Violence