Women’s Lives are Worthless in Nicaragua

In the last year, the number of femicides on the Caribbean Coast diminished – but only because there were more barriers to denouncing them. Illustration: Juan Garcia / Niu

So many years struggling in the streets in demand of our rights, but instead of advancing, we’re going backwards.

By Maryorit Guevara (Confidencial)

HAVANA TIMES – Diana Gutierrez Hernandez was raped, murdered, and her body was dismembered and hidden in a latrine where it remained for nearly a year after her disappearance.  It remained hidden until her murderer could no longer contain the urge to boast of his crime, and began to talk about it in the neighborhood of La Primavera, the same neighborhood where the twelve-year-old had lived.

She was female, she was poor, her life was marked by disregard. Her mother and grandmother, two lone women, visited all the public medical centers, and of course also went to what had previously been the institution charged with investigating crimes. But they, too, did nothing.

No one saw anything. No one knew. No one investigated anything. The media published her story and that of another three girls, but since it was exclusive content you had to pay to read it.  But the poor don’t have enough money to eat, nor for the internet, much less to pay for exclusive news items that should NEVER be charged for.

Now she’s been found to be a murder victim, but no one has said anything. No one was outraged. No one lifted a finger to demand justice for her life. A girl whose life was ripped away by macho violence, like many others every year.

The crime hurts me, it fills me with rage. No one cares about the life of women. We women are worth nothing, except when we go out on the street to show our face to Ortega, because then we’re fighters and brave and they make songs and videos about us. But – poor you! – if you have the audacity to demand that they treat you like a citizen, a human being, like a person.

We’re worth nothing, because our killers aren’t only red and black, but also blue and white, orange, green, red. They wave different colors, but are always united by the sentiment that our lives belong to them. And in that same way, they take those lives, they rip them away, they discard them.

They’ve killed 24 of us so far this year, but no one says anything. And if you choke on indignation, on rage, on fury you’ll never be seen as anything more than an exaggeratedly hysterical woman, who in addition is “barking up the wrong tree” because it seems that the only important issue at this moment is to get the Ortega-Murillo duo out.

But really, the life of women has never mattered to the powers – not under Violeta de Chamorro, nor under Arnoldo Aleman, nor under Enrique Bolanos, much less under Daniel Ortega. So many years of struggle in the streets in demand of our rights, and instead of advancing we’re going backwards. Now there aren’t even institutions where the investigation of women’s murders is given priority.

The state holds the blame and the responsibility for the fact that every year the number of women murdered increases, but this problem should matter to all of us. It’s a question of commitment, reflection, unlearning, giving up privileges, recognizing the other, detaining the violence, that violence that doesn’t stop by locking the murderers up for life. So, don’t be hypocrites, beating on your chest or calling yourselves allies… at least face up to the fact that for you, women’s lives aren’t worth anything.

You don’t touch girls! You don’t rape them! And you don’t kill them!

4 thoughts on “Women’s Lives are Worthless in Nicaragua

  • June 3, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    From 2007 to 2017, the reports were of more than 15,000 cases of women rapte and women victim of domestic violence. More than 60% under age youth. In April 2019 more than new cases were filed . Justice under the Ortega dictatorship does not. exist.

  • May 29, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Women and men are equally citizens of Nicaragua. And honorably so. But until the irresponsible government is out, and a responsible government is in, there’s not a chance for civil rights. Ortega and the Orteguitos will never step aside nonviolently. Never! So stop waiting for the impotent priests, or the impotent Pope, or the impotent street demonstrations, or the impotent 1-day strikes (Yawn!) or the impotent dialogue, or anybody outside Nicaragua to make the changes for you. Wake up and do it yourselves! And stop hiding in the shadows like a bunch of scared children. Nicaragua is not the first country to face this challenge. But the people in other the countries did something about it – themselves. It’s time to put up or shut up!

  • May 29, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    This is horrible news, why is that? Why are parents, families doing about it. This guy’s dick should be cut, castrated or something like that…that’s how they will respect girls, and all women.

  • May 29, 2019 at 1:45 am

    The maschismo culture has been present in nica for decades. Girls get pregnant then abandoned. Girls get no education. Rape by older men is accepted. Girls are sexually active at 12 to 14. Nothing new. Sad but true

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