In Nicaragua, women are taking the stage to stop violence against women. Theater troupes of women and their male counterparts are acting out harrowing scenes of domestic violence in order to open up dialogue and expose gender bias and human rights violations within local judiciary systems.
In 2012, Nicaragua adopted a new law to protect women from public and domestic violence, but activists say that many prosecutors and judges don’t enforce the law, encouraging women to settle their claims outside of court. The United Nations estimates that one third to one half of Nicaraguan women have suffered violence from men.
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Our Nicaraguan partner organization, the Axyacatl Masaya Women’s Collective works on combatting domestic violence and provides services for survivors. Learn more about their programs here.