Today was one of those days that was a little bit different than usual. Mainly because I went on my first march ever. There are many protests in Honduras, mostly for good causes and mostly peaceful. AYO and other human rights organisations joined together today to march for women’s rights and against the violence they suffer in Honduras. Violence against women is a huge problem in Honduras and the rate of femicides (murder of women) is worryingly high. The Guardian stated last month that a woman is murdered in Honduras every FIFTEEN hours (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/22/honduras-election-could-woman-lead-high-femicides). There are many different factors contributing to this; poverty, the machismo culture etc., but there is very little being done by the government to make things better. International Women’s Day is a big event in Honduras and I remember Laura marching with her project then (and making it into the newspaper!).
Anyway, we marched today up the main comercial street in the centre of Tegucigalpa, where we shouted some things like ‘women need help… but the government does nothing’ before heading to the Congress building to shout there a little bit more. It was a lot of fun to shout and cheer with everyone watching us – everyone looked interested and a lot of men came up to us to find out more. Then outside of the Congress a band of drummers turned up randomly so the atmosphere became even more amazing and we did some dancing too it was really a lot of fun and I’m so glad I got to take part. See if you can spot the gringa (me, the only white girl in the pics):