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· March, 2018

Stories about Latin America from March, 2018

31 March 2018

How English-Language Pronouns Are Taught Around the World

Globally, close to 1 billion people are learning English as a Foreign Language and all of them encounter binary gender pronouns from the earliest lessons.

28 March 2018

A Journey for Justice in the Americas, Part 1: Three Women Tell Their Stories in Kingston, Jamaica

"To stop [my activism] would mean that I am giving another police officer permission to kill another of my brothers, or anyone else for that matter."

27 March 2018

LGBTQI Rights Defenders Sound Alarm over Costa Rica's Presidential Election

"Imagine what a global disgrace, Costa Rica, flirting with the Middle Ages and asking to enter the darkest corners of fundamentalism that still exist on the planet."

25 March 2018

From Informal Sales to Market Intelligence: The History of the Largest Afro-Descendant Fair in Latin America

In the 16 years since its founding, the Feira Preta fair has succeeded in strengthening and emphasizing the Brazilian black identity.

False Reports Spread Online After the Murder of Brazilian Activist and Politician Marielle Franco

Fake rumors about the personal life and activism of murdered Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco were shared by several right-wing groups and personalities.

20 March 2018

Homages to Stephen Hawking in Latin America's Media Show How Mourning for the Scientist Transcends Borders

"Everybody knew about Stephen Hawking's cosmic brilliance, but few understood it. Not even first-class astronomers."

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of March 12-18, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from the majority of the world's countries. Number 99 on the list? Ghana. And number 20? Madagascar.

15 March 2018

City Councillor and Leading Rights Activist Shot Dead in Downtown Rio de Janeiro

Marielle Franco was the fifth most voted councilor for Rio's City Chamber. She was murdered after denouncing police violence in favelas. The crime is being investigated as an execution.

13 March 2018

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of March 5-11, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 208 countries. Number 159 on the list? Guyana. And number 15? Kazakhstan.

International Women's Day in Latin America Was a Day of Protest, Debate and Resistance

Social divisions based on class and race were also part of the many discussions and debates taking place within the movements commemorating March 8th in the region.

Societal Attitudes Are the Primary Threat Against Sexual and Gender Minorities in Ecuador

“We are about to celebrate 20 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality, but we must decriminalize homosexuality in people’s minds and hearts..."

12 March 2018

Why Isn't Mexico's Government Surveillance Investigation Moving Forward?

Advox

"Most likely, the politicians who used this software are slowing down the investigation [In Mexico] it is still better to pray to the Virgin Mary for justice than it is...

8 March 2018

As Women March in Argentina, the Country Debates Legalizing Abortion

"The debate isn't abortion versus no abortion; it's legal abortion versus underground abortion. Everything else is a matter of personal opinions and decisions, all respectable, none disputable."

7 March 2018

Ecuador's Judicial System Leaves Crimes of Torture Against the LGBTQ Community Unpunished

The legal context that seeks justice for "de-homosexualization clinics" is insufficient in combating the impunity that protects those responsible for facilitating the existence of these centers of forced confinement.

Ulises Padrón: “In [Cuban] Society, LGBTQI People and Groups are Becoming More Visible”

"...[A]lthough the country recognizes...an important set of rights (health, education, culture, employment), there are others that fall to the wayside in the current national and regional situation."

6 March 2018

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of February 26-March 4, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 204 countries. Number 129 on the list? Martinique. And number 13? Taiwan.

3 March 2018

María Roa Borja: A Voice in the Fight for Labor, Ethnic and Gender Rights in Colombia

"In the past, the topics related to the domestic employees were those of character, race [and] cooking abilities [...] Today, the main issue is our labor rights."

2 March 2018

How Movies and TV are Helping Venezuelans Negotiate Their Country's Collapse

The Bridge

Amid food shortages and rising crime, Venezuelans seek meaning in "The Hunger Games" and "The Walking Dead".

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