Diakonia’s work in Nicaragua is focused on the Atlantic coast, where extreme poverty is most widespread and jobs are lacking. The most vulnerable are young people, women and the Miskito indigenous people. The extreme poverty means that many people feel compelled to leave the area and live as migrants in other parts of the country or abroad.
In Nicaragua, Diakonia supports organizations that work to strengthen respect for human rights, gender equality and social and economic justice.
- Human rights: In particular, we work to strengthen the rights of women, young people and indigenous peoples. We also work for the leadership of young people and for the collective rights of indigenous peoples and Afro-Nicaraguans on the Atlantic coast.
- Gender equality: We work with organizations that provide legal support to women who are subjected to violence.
- Social and economic justice: We empower women so that they can start their own economic projects that make them self-sufficient. We focus on sustainable development.
For more information
Francisca Araica, Country Director Nicaragua
Phone: +505 22 70 18 51 or +505 22 77 67 43
“We’re entitled to half the power and we’re not giving up”
“My husband wanted me to walk a few meters behind him in the street to show him respect. I told him that I’m not a soldier. That I wasn’t going to do it. That if he wanted to marry me, it would be on equal terms. We, women, have the right to half the power, and we’re not going to give up before we have it,” says Rosalina.
She is one of the women who now are raising their voices against sexual and domestic in violence Nicarauga.