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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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Latest posts by Melissa Vida

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.

For black and indigenous people in Central America, Black Lives Matter

"It's a racist, predatory and murderous system that they have been selling all over the planet as the best place on earth to live."

#SiAceptoCR: LGBTQ+ couples celebrate online as Costa Rica legalizes same-sex marriage

Costa Rica became a beacon of hope for LGBT advocates throughout Central America.

A selection of Latin American and Caribbean ‘coronavirus songs’

The songs' mood range from solemn to humorous.

Forty years on, a locked-down El Salvador remembers the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero online

The archbishop was shot by a death squad at the start of El Salvador's civil war, becoming an iconic figure in the struggle against human rights violations in Latin America.

‘Protecting forests is crucial to cure pandemics,’ indigenous leaders say

"If the forests are cut down, where are we going to get medicine?"

With no officially confirmed cases, El Salvador locks itself down to prevent COVID-19

"What would Italy give to be in our position?"

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