The Kukra River social context

The constitution of the Kukra River community, in Bluefields, Nicaragua, was determined by the process of reunification of displaced people during the Sandinista Revolution (1978-1990). This revolution forced lots of Nicaraguan people to migrate to Costa Rica, who, after the establishment of the current system, returned home. It is a region of new residents and the town has been built in recent years.

Much of the progress achieved hitherto have been accompanied by the performance of different NGOs and cooperation projects, which today, still are the major drivers of change in the area.

Public intervention by the government is poorly developed, and the lack of good communications in the area, make Kukra River one of the less developed locations in Nicaragua. It has also a very isolated social context focused on, among others, the gender discrimination.

A researcher of Bluefields Police Station explained that these communities live under a patriarchal organization, where women are a subject dependent on men. This causes gender discrimination that occurs at different levels. For example, lack of awareness and cooperation from family and friends, makes a case such as women victims of domestic violence and rape relegated to the purely private sphere. “The woman is unable to report because no one dares to start a life alone, there is not enough stable job offers for women in the area”, the researcher complaint. Eventually, the woman finished being subjected for their children and for the few future prospects that are sighted.

Desos NGO tries to mitigate this situation by informing women of their rights, but ensure that there is still much to do.

Source: Desos NGO.

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