Por Soraya Rodríguez Ramos

Women at the Forefront

Women's Resistance in Nicaragua

On 18 April 2018, a demonstration took place in Nicaragua against the reforms of the social security system, which led to a much broader resistance movement. During three days of peaceful mobilisations, Nicaraguan society demanded structural reforms in the country. In response, the authorities of Daniel Ortega's regime acted with violence and repressed the protests brutally. The "April Rebellion" resulted in at least 328 people being killed in the context of the protests, more than 2,000 injured and more than 1,600 arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in those days alone.

Photo: Jorge Mejía Peralta under BY CC 2.0 license

Vilma Núñez, finalist of the 2023 Sakharov Prize

In 2023, Vilma Núñez was chosen as a finalist for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Conscience, the highest tribute paid by the European Union to work in the field of human rights, together with the also Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez.


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Women at the forefront

Women at the forefront is a space for reflection led by Spanish MEP Soraya Rodríguez Ramos. Its aim is to make visible and recognise the role of women in different areas of political, economic and social life around the world and contribute to the recognition of the fundamental role of women in the construction of a fairer and more equal society.