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Women's Rights in Nicaragua

. 1 min read

Thanks to UMC #GivingTuesday donations made last year to Women and Community, Advance #13285A, in San Francisco Libre, Nicaragua, women are able to protect themselves from domestic abuse and violence. Not only do they receive the psychological, legal, and monetary assistance they need to confront these situations, they also come to a deeper understanding of their human rights as women, which empowers them. 

Lucy (not her real name) was one of these women.

“I was 15 years old when I met my partner, a 32-year-old farmer from my community. When I got pregnant with my son, he began to mistreat me and accused me of looking for other men. He said I was stupid and no good. After I gave birth to my son, he began to drink heavily. This is when the abuse got worse. He would toss my clothes, the television, table, and utensils, and he would beat me. 

I talked with his mom about it, and he got a little better. After the birth of my second child, a daughter, he returned to the same behavior. His mother begged me not to put him in jail, so I did not file a police report. But he threatened me by saying that if I denounced him he would kill himself. The rest of the story …