Women like Gilda Rivera Sierra, a feminist who has struggled to promote women’s rights for over three decades; Berta Cáceres Flores, a rural woman who protects indigenous land against large-scale hydroelectric projects; and Daysi Flores, leader of a women’s movement in protest of the 2009 coup d’état.
Despite incredible violence, corruption, and militarization, these women are rising to protect women’s rights, the environment, and democracy.
In 2009, a coup d’état shook the politically unstable country of Honduras into deeper chaos. Women took to the streets to demand democracy. They were met with brutal opposition from the military. Since then, military forces have remained on the streets of Honduras to maintain ‘order’ in a campaign similar to that of Mexico’s so-called “war against drugs”. Their presence has far from promoted safety and security in the country. In 2012, Honduras became the most violent country in world—a label resulting from the sky-high homicide rate.
In this context, women’s rights have suffered incredible setbacks. But women are not accepting these setbacks as the status quo.
This is the world premiere of Women Crossing the Line: Breaking the Silence on Violence Against Women in Honduras—the second chapter in a new three-part mini-documentary series by Nobel Women’s Initiative and JASS. In this 15 minute documentary, we hear from Honduran women determined to advance women’s rights and protect their communities from violent and corrupt officials, and displacement due to land grabs.
These are the stories of strong and resilient women who want to shape a brighter future for Honduras.