There was little doubt going into the November 6th elections in Nicaragua that Daniel Ortega would win the Presidency. More importantly, the Sandinista President captured 62% of the popular vote, giving the party and its allies enough seats in the National Assembly to amend the constitution. The results left Ortega’s opponents, including the US Department of State, scrambling to discount the process through accusations of fraudulent irregularities.… (Read the Rest)
What: A party
Where: Quixote Center
7307 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD
Map A ten minute walk from the College Park Metro stop.
When: Friday, December 2 from 4-8pm
Okay dreamers, the Quixote Center has re-opened in new offices in College Park and that means it’s time to party like you’re the 99%. So grab your tents and sleeping bags,* and join us for a fun filled evening of office tours (don’t worry the tour is brief – it is not a big space), drinking like Sancho Panza, and sing-a-longs loosely based on Man from La Mancha hits. See old friends, meet new ones, or get in an argument and lose a friend or two.… (Read the Rest)
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: Day 5: KOFAVIV
Today is International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. So as today’s focus for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence we are profiling KOFAVIV, the Women’s Commission of Victims for Victims in Haiti.
The Women’s Commission of Victims for Victims was founded in March of 2004 by women who were survivors of sexual violence during the period following the September 30, 1991 coup d’etat in Haiti. In February of 2004 Aristide was once again forced from office. In the wake of this second coup, violence soared and with it a dramatic increase in sexual violence. The women of KOFAVIV wanted to work with the victims of the renewed violence to help them locate medical surfaces and provide solidarity to them as they grappled with the aftermath of sexual assault.… (Read the Rest)
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: Day 4: Profile of The Rape Accountability and Prevention Project and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
As part of the 16Days of Activism our goal is to use the website to profile organizations that are working against gender based violence and direct people to resources where they can make a difference. For the today and the next few days we are focused on Haiti where the Quixote Center has worked since 1991.… (Read the Rest)
We are encouraged by those people who are motivated by their faith to participate in the occupy movement. There is a clear mandate for social justice in our faith traditions, a mandate often drowned out by reactionary voices.
Here are a few examples of people of faith working with the Occupy movement, we’d love to hear about more.… (Read the Rest)
Day 3: Haiti after the Earthquake: Human Security and the Context for Gender Violence
On January 12, 2010 Haiti suffered a horrendous earthquake that killed 200-300,000 people and led to 1.5 million being homeless. Hundreds of thousands of people took shelter in camps scattered around Port-au-Prince. The camps are notoriously under-resourced as aid agencies and governments have been very slow to disburse assistance. The situation has a disproportionate impact on women. As noted in a report to the UN Human Rights Council by a coalition of organizations working to prevent violence against women in the camps, “[w]omen in Haiti are disproportionately impacted by the earthquake, both because they face gender discrimination, exposing them to higher rates of poverty and violence; and because they are responsible for meeting the needs of the most vulnerable, including infants, children, the elderly and the thousands of newly disabled people.”
The video below was created by the team that produced the film Poto Mitan.… (Read the Rest)
Day 2: Check out V-Day – Get involved in local actions, support local organizations.
Eve Ensler wrote this powerful essay published on the Huffington Post November 11, 2011 (follow link in title to original). The video below gives background on V-Day, an annual series of events organized originally around performances of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. Check the V-Day website for ways to get involved and provide support for local institutions working to end violence against women.… (Read the Rest)
The Quixote Center is taking part in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The 16 Days is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates November 25- International Day Against Violence Against Women- and December 10- International Human Rights Day- in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. Read more at Center for Women’s Global Leadership
During these 16 days we will post articles and reflections here that intersect with the work we are doing in Haiti, Nicaragua and the United States on human rights, as well as issues of women’s participation within the Roman Catholic Church.… (Read the Rest)
We love our new office in College Park, and want to share it with you, so we decided to have a party!
Come and help us celebrate this new chapter of the Quixote Center and Interfaith Voices stories.… (Read the Rest)Meet and greet the staff. Re-connect with old friends / make new friends.
We’re redesigning our site and this will serve as a temporary site for now.… (Read the Rest)