Por Soraya Rodríguez Ramos

The living testimony of the resistance for the restoration of Human Rights and democracy in Nicaragua

Womens at the Forefront

Women's Resistance in Nicaragua

Photo: Jorge Mejía Peralta under BY CC 2.0 license

On 18 April 2018, a demonstration took place in Nicaragua against reforms to 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 brutally repressed the protests. The "April Rebellion" left the country with at least 328 people killed during the protests, more than 2,000 injured and more than 1,600 arbitrarily imprisoned in those days.

4 years of the April rebellion in Nicaragua: neither forgetting nor impunity

This week marks four years since the April rebellion in Nicaragua, a moment that reminds us of the need to continue vindicating and bringing Nicaragua to the international agenda.

Just a year ago, on April 19, we organised our first session of Women at the Forefront on the situation in Nicaragua through a conversation with women who work tirelessly in the defense of human rights such as Gioconda Belli, Doña Vilma Núñez, Suyen Barahona and Dora María Téllez. We already knew of the horror of the Ortega regime. We already discussed the low probability of a fair electoral process at the end of the year, and we already called for an end to impunity, repression and arbitrary arrests. But, a year ago we couldn’t imagine the brutal repressive wave that it would quickly continue to unravel.

Women's Resistance in Nicaragua, three years after April’s Revolution

Women at the forefront of the resistance in Nicaragua · April 2021

On the third anniversary of April’s Revolution, MEP Soraya Rodriguez talks to Nicaraguan activists Gioconda Belli, Suyen Barahona, Dora María Téllez and Vilma Núñez. Today, as in so many other moments in Nicaragua's history, women are at the forefront of the ongoing resistance to Daniel Ortega’s regime.

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.