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Central American teachers tackle “machismo”

Guest Blogger: Nancy Knickerbocker, BCTF & Participant in CoDev Central America Education Delegation, April 2013

San Julian, EL SALVADOR—Using puppets they’ve made from paper bags, groups of Grade 5 students enact the daily drama of family members getting ready for their work in fields, kitchens and classrooms. Papa, Mama and children’s puppets chop wood, haul water, cook, eat breakfast, do dishes, help grandparents, pack up their school supplies and say farewell for the day.

Students made puppets to portray a typical day in family life, and then discussed whether division of labour within families was democratic and gender-equitable or not.

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Teaching for Change

Guest Blogger: Nicki Benson, CoDev Board Member

“But teacher, how do I tell my father to help clear the dishes? If I say that, he will slap me!” These are the kinds of questions that María Eugenia Morelos de Aria gets from her students in rural El Salvador as she puts her non-sexist and inclusive pedagogy (NSP) training into practice.
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Rios Montt Trial Annulled

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Yesterday’s annulment or suspension of the genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt and his chief of intelligence, General Rodriguez Sanchez, is a setback to the process of bringing to justice those people responsible for the more than 200,000 people who were killed or disappeared during the Guatemalan civil war from 1960 to 1996. The trial, which was due to wrap up soon, has heard the testimony of more than 100 people who were victims and witnesses to the abuses that involved 1,771 Maya indigenous women, men and children (more…)

An Intern’s Perspective on CoDev

Guest Blogger: Kim Kildare, CoDev Intern

I am an anthropology student at SFU, so when I took a class about social justice that required me to volunteer at a placement for a few months, CoDev was my first choice to volunteer with. Women’s rights and labour rights have always been important to me since my first job at 17 where I feel my labour was exploited.

One of the first values I was told about at CoDev was that it was an organization that focused on working with partners.  (more…)

Standing Up for Labour Rights in Medellin, Colombia

The Frontlines delegation spent a day and a half in Medellin, Colombia – most of it in the company of FENALTRASE – Antioquia, the provincial branch of the national federation of state workers. We have been working together with FENALTRASE Antioquia for several years and three years ago began to (more…)