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Elisa Marvena

I’m a Spanish psychologist, educator and researcher currently living in Germany.
I’m passionate about languages and the transcultural exchange of information, insights and experiences. I’m obsessed with the grey areas and everything that is not binary. Writing and translating stories is a way to spread the subleties and details about many important issues that go unreported by the mass media.
I believe in the power of online and offline social networks to build and broaden ideas and projects and organise collective action, and I use both, a lot.

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Latest posts by Elisa Marvena

After a year of protests Nicaraguans don't want just Ortega's departure — they want a new beginning

"[We need to] eradicate authoritarianism, sexism, personal autocracy and other ills that have penetrated the political culture of the country"

With hundreds of political prisoners still in jail, the Nicaraguan conflict is far from over

While 100 people were reported to be released from prison, the efforts for those who remain behind bars and denounce human rights abuses continue.

How free breakfast brought 500 girls back to school in Yemen

Before the project began, one-fifth of the school's students had been absent. Now they're all back in the classroom.

Nicaragua's diaspora activists bear a ‘double burden’

The political and emotional challenges of diaspora activism are complex: "Receiving news firsthand also means feeling it firsthand."

‘We are victims who assist victims': Documenting human rights violations in Nicaragua

"The legal possibilities are next to none. The act of making an accusation is a gesture of symbolic justice. It is the first step in facing the trauma."

Amid continuing crackdown on anti-government protests, Nicaraguans pay homage to those killed

"If something should be clear, it is that the youth won't ever be the same. We won't see the places where the massacre occurred in the same way."

Top Manta: A Brand and a Victory in the Fight of Street Vendors of Barcelona

With Top Manta's creation, Spain's informal workers open the door to new possibilities and recognize a victory in their daily confrontation against police violence and European authorities' institutional racism.

Idrissa Diallo: From an Unmarked Grave to the Symbol of Migrant Struggle in Spain

Idrissa Diallo died in policy custody in Barcelona. Today, the city is mobilising to pay tribute to his life and asking for his name to be given to a square.

Spanish Activist Helena Maleno's Trial in Morocco Is ‘a Way to Intimidate’ Human Rights Defenders, Her Supporters Say

Helena Maleno is accused of participating in a human trafficking network for her work assisting migrants who run into trouble during the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing to Europe.

One Activist's Vision of a Feminist Democracy for Catalonia

"I would like to continue thinking that I tried to create a revolution in the best way I knew how."

Beyond the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ of Catalonia’s Independence Referendum

Opinions on the October 1 referendum are much more diverse than might first appear.

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