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Nicaragua 10th in global gender equality rankings

News from Nicaragua | Sunday, 27 October 2013

The World Economic Forum Global Gender Report 2013, ranks Nicaragua in 10th place (out of 135 countries) while the UK and US lag behind in 18th and 23rd places respectively. Cuba and Ecuador, also members of ALBA rank 18th and 23rd. The findings are based on indicators of read more

Volunteering in Central America: an environmental journey

NSC News | Saturday, 26 October 2013

Saturday 26 October, 7pm till late Join us for a social evening of stories, photos, discussion and music. Food and drinks available from the bar. Our recent travellers include: James who went flightless to Central America and has just returned; Tamara who volunteered in Nicaragua with a youth organisation; and read more

UK-Nicaragua Solidarity: past, present and future

NSC News | Monday, 14 October 2013

A shared commitment to Nicaragua spanning three decades brought together over 50 people at a July event organised by the NSC. Solidarity is mutuality of values that bind us together, common understandings, friendships, learning about life beyond ones’ own reality in a way that provides insights read more

Polls show strong cross sector support for the government

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 10 October 2013

A CID Gallup poll released on 1 October indicated a continued feeling that the country is heading in the right direction but also strong concerns for more and better paid jobs. The Sandinista Party has 52% support across all ages and sectors while the combined opposition trails far behind with read more

New York mayoral frontrunner vilified for past Sandinista support

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Republican opponents of Democrat Bill de Blasio have launched a negative campaign against him based on his 1980s involvement in the movement opposed to Ronald Reagan’s contra war against Nicaragua. The New York Times called de Blasio a “child of the Left” and Republican candidate John Lhota said read more

Nicaragua praised by ILO for advances against child labour

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 10 October 2013

The International LaboUr read more

EU announces US$275million aid to Nicaragua 2014 -2020

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 10 October 2013

According to EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs these funds will be used for education, economic and commercial development, and adaptation to climate change. The Commissioner also signed an agreement with the National Police that would provide €10 million for a security project on the Caribbean Coast entitled “Prevention and read more

Law against violence against women amended to allow mediation

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 3 October 2013

This will mean that in cases of psychological or economic mistreatment, mediation can be considered if the victim agrees and the aggressor has no previous offences. Supreme Court president Alba Luz Ramos suggested that ‘women’s organisations should accompany women to prevent cases going to mediation’ and added ‘it is clearly read more

Join us at the Latin America conference, London,7 December

NSC News | Thursday, 3 October 2013

Join us at the Latin America 'Adelante' conference in London on 7 December. 50 contributors including speakers from Nicaragua, Colombia, Mexico, Venzuela, Ecuador and Cuba as well as UK politicians, academics, writers, trade unionists and activists. read more

Over 35,000 endangered sea turtles arrive in nesting grounds

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 3 October 2013

Co-operation between the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA), the police, NGOs and local communities is paying off with significant annual increases in the number of turtles. A MARENA representative explained how local volunteers protect the eggs from being stolen, while the police set up road blocks and read more

Foreign aid for improving education and health care

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 3 October 2013

The European Union, World Bank and the US Global Alliance for Education will provide US$84.9 million in grants and loans over the next two years. The money will be used for infrastructure improvements, equal access, and to improve the quality of education. Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo, announced that US$1.3 million read more

The Road to Rio - the real World Cup!

NSC News | Thursday, 3 October 2013

After the huge success of the Street Child World Cup in Durban in 2010, Casa Alianza in Nicaragua are co-ordinating preparations for sending two teams (girls and boys) to the Street Child World Cup in Rio in March 2014. read more

Including the unpaid work of women in the pricing of coffee

NSC News | Thursday, 3 October 2013

In a world that 'consistently undervalues women’s work and refuses either to measure it or count it as 'economic activity,' a remarkable initiative is taking place in co-operatives in Nicaragua. Felicity Butler and Catherine Hoskyns report on the trading relationship with the Body Shop that has already had a significant read more