Dialogue on the many women for achieving equality

By: Josselyn Flores

As part of the International Women's Day, at URACCAN Bluefields Campus, the Center for Multi-Ethnic Women's Studies and Information (CEIMM) held a panel with teachers, administrative staff and students on the theme "Generation of Equality in Diversity", based on the "Intercultural Gender Dialogues", within the framework of the UNESCO Chair "Wisdoms and Knowledge of Peoples" installed in URACCAN.

Teacher Antonia McCoy, coordinator of CEIMM Bluefields, highlighted the purpose of making this day from a different perspective."The objective was to make it different, with a space for discussion of analysis on topics of importance to the university community, and in this way promote intercultural dialogue in the university, to create that equality between women and men, first in the university community and therefore in our region and society." Detail

Topics addressed.

According to McCoy, "the issues we feel important to address were set out by panelists to the legal framework for women's rights, at the international, national and regional levels, to learn that it supports our rights as women, which are many, but we must see how we use and manage these rights and be able to claim them at the right time" Highlighted.

Among the topics were exposed the new generations and their struggles for equality in the current context, by Velia Sevilla of the CEIMM, who refers "we see situations that directly affect girls and adolescents products of the same inequalities, such as unwanted pregnancies, or early ones, where those who assume the roles and responsibilities are women, no matter if it is the product of sexual rape or consensual relationships but that man does not assume fatherhood" Seville observed.

She added that this situation causes a number of consequences for girls and adolescents, "such as dropout, they are girls who no longer attend schools or universities and in the context of the Caribbean Coast becomes more precarious when the necessary conditions are not given to women in our communities who are mostly indigenous and Afro-descendant" Observed.

Seville also emphasized the importance of commemorating and not celebrating this international women's day, "that it serves as a gift to me this day if the rest of the days do not recognize me for my abilities; more as a woman and as a person, to consider that I have equal rights to function in each of the spaces of everyday life," she said.

The panellists also outlined the role of education in gender equality in multicultural contexts, according to Teacher McCoy, "we know that the role of education, it must be said that it is one of the rights that women have made use of, but there are still gaps and difficulties for many women to access the level of higher education , so we have these economic inequalities, situations of distance, by geographical areas, by ethnic and linguistic issues that limit equal access, such as women of indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples, who are in remote communities, that is why education is very important so that we can appropriate that right and learn to demand it," he concluded.