Honduras Demands An End To Discrimination Against Women

Dozens of women commemorated this Tuesday the Honduran Women’s Day demanding the end of discrimination and violence that affects them in their country, which registered more than 320 deaths in 2021, and commemorated 67 years since their right to vote was recognized. In the elections.

“Despite advances in public policies and laws in favor of equity, creation of institutionality in the administrative structure of the State, Honduran women still face multiple discriminations, exacerbated by the presence of covid-19 and hurricanes Eta and Iota,” the protesters said in a statement.

They point out that this situation is the result of the “implementation of neoliberal, capitalist and patriarchal models deepening in these 12 years of dictatorship due to the extractivist policy through the installation of national and transnational mining and hydroelectric companies.”

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PRESIDENT-ELECT SAYS IT’S TIME FOR WOMEN

The president-elect of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, today congratulated the women of her country and affirmed that when the Executive takes office she will begin to “act” for their rights.

“I congratulate Honduran women on their day. More than words, I want to give them a certainty: from January 27, together, we will begin to act for our rights from the Presidency of the Republic. This is our moment,” Castro said in a message on Twitter.

Dozens of women, dressed in white and purple t-shirts, participated in a mobilization led by the elected presidential designee (vice president), Doris Gutiérrez, which ended near the Honduran Parliament.

The accesses to the Parliament were cordoned off today by dozens of police officers for the installation ceremon y of the first session of the 2022-2026 legislature in the midst of a crisis over the election of two property boards of directors.

Gutiérrez applauded that Castro, leader of the Libertad y Refundación Party (Libre, left), will become the first woman to occupy the Presidency of Honduras this Thursday.

She said she felt “content and happy” that Castro came to power 67 years after Honduran women were granted the right to vote in general elections.

Xiomara Castro, wife of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was overthrown on June 28, 2009, won the general elections on November 28 and will take office on January 27, when Juan Orlando Hernández leaves power after ruling since 2014.

WOMEN RESIST THE PATRIARCHY

Honduran women “have permanently resisted the regulations inherited from the patriarchal system and through our political participation and resistance, we have built transformative, cultural, social and economic proposals that renew the regulations of the patriarchal system towards a life free of all discrimination for women. and the girls.”

The feminist organizations indicated that they remain “in a permanent fight” to guarantee that the elected president is sworn in by the president of Parliament, Luis Redondo.

Honduran women also celebrated today the incorporation of deputies in the board of directors of the National Congress led by Redondo.

“We remain in resistance together with the sovereign in the National Congress to defend his mandate to dismantle the criminal structure that he has maintained for the last 12 years, turning Parliament into an instrument of legality and legitimacy to pass laws that benefit the economic elites and policies,” the statement said.

Honduras is “immersed in a deep crisis, placing it as the third most violent country in the world, the most corrupt and in a narco-state,” indicated the women who are part of the November 25 Platform.

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