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Melissa Vida

I am a freelance journalist based in Mexico City and cover Central America for Global Voices.

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LIVE on August 25 (in Spanish): How COVID-19 fueled the protests in Cuba, Guatemala and Colombia

From Cuba to Colombia to Guatemala—countries with very different political contexts—people have taken to streets in recent times to demand change. What do these countries have in common?

From Mexico to Australia, Indigenous youth reimagine the internet for their languages

The internet plays a role in imposing hegemonic language, but young people are using it to carve space for their languages.

Women in Chile create thriving community through radio

"Many people think ham radio is dead because of the Internet, but that's not true."

Hacker group Anonymous leaks Colombia's police and army files amid protest crackdown

The police data leak was in retaliation for "aggressive and cruel repression to the demonstrations of popular and democratic power," a member of the Anonymous group told Global Voices.

#YoTeCreoVZLA: The movement that breaks the long silence on sexual abuse in Venezuela

A new wave of accusations has given rise to Venezuela's #MeToo movement.

‘The Mermaid Project’ highlights Mexico’s gender violence problem

"It is vital that men take an active and critical role in the fight against the systematization that perpetuates violence against women."

Latina organizer: The word we need is ‘Thrive’ not ‘Survive’

"I'd love to see a future in which women's leadership is centered, that the idea of leading 'with' and not 'over' becomes the norm and not the exception."

LIVE on April 7: The other health crisis—breaking the taboo on abortion

Unsafe abortions result in 30,000 deaths each year. Join us to hear women from Uganda, Thailand, Brazil, Pakistan and Poland talk about the reproductive rights situation in their countries.

What International Women's Day looked like around the world in 2021

"Although COVID-19 dampened participation in many countries, women still raised their voices on the streets on different continents, especially as the pandemic has worsened inequalities faced by women."

LIVE on March 9: Will Argentina's ‘green tide’ on abortion rights spread throughout Latin America?

The session, which will be conducted in Spanish, will be live-streamed on Facebook Live, YouTube, and Twitch.

Guatemala's ‘La Llorona’ fuses horror and politics to tell a haunting tale of the civil war

"La Llorona" is the first Central American film to ever be shortlisted for Best International Feature Film at the Golden Globes, which will be held on February 28.

Ten social media posts that capture Latin American reactions to the storming of the US Capitol

"Girlfriends, what good are two centuries of gringo political intervention if not to make us laugh our pants off right now?"

Why I might not go back to El Salvador

'Nearly 20,000 Salvadorans were killed from 2014 to 2017. That’s more violent deaths than in several countries that were at war during those years, such as Libya, Somalia and Ukraine.'

Calls for freedom of expression in Cuba after members of artist collective evicted during peaceful protest

More than 200 people gathered in Havana to demand the right to freedom of expression, but the result of dialogue with Cuban authorities remains uncertain.

Latin American Facebook users weigh in on US election results with memes

While not a comprehensive polling of people's sentiments, these memes offer a glimpse into local political narratives, humor, and commentary.

Solidarity among Hondurans in wake of Hurricane Eta

As of November 7, 200 people have been reported dead due to floods, mudslides, and crumbling houses -- and the numbers are climbing every day.

Mexican lawmakers approve same-sex marriage in the state of Puebla

Puebla is the latest Mexican state to approve same-sex marriage.

‘A Fearless Song': Guatemalan women protest violence against women through music

"We sing without fear, we ask for justice; we shout for every disappeared woman"

After documenting land grabs in their reserve, 18 indigenous and black leaders detained in Nicaragua

Since 2015, self-trained Kriol and Rama forest rangers monitor deforestation and land grabs in the biological reserve.

Anonymous group hack reveals hidden government data about COVID-19 cases in Nicaragua

The hack revealed a surplus of 6,245 positive COVID-19 cases in Nicaragua that were previously unknown to the public.

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