Brazilian Women’s Spring: the deconstruction of rape culture and the fight against gender-based violence

2015 was a year of tremendous environmental, political and economic cost for Brazil; Latin America’s largest economy faced its biggest environmental disaster to date, the potential impeachment of a democratically elected president, and the most significant currency devaluation in decades. Nevertheless, in spite of such turmoil, Brazilian society began challenging old paradigms that have been … More Brazilian Women’s Spring: the deconstruction of rape culture and the fight against gender-based violence

Cuestiones de género en la Revolución Ciudadana

Cuando se piensa acerca de la historia del Ecuador, resulta inevitable referirse a un sinnúmero de mujeres  que han contribuido con sus luchas sociales a un Ecuador más justo. Los ejemplos abundan, desde Matilde Hidalgo de Prócel, la primera mujer en demandar su derecho al voto cuando este era un derecho solo concedido a los … More Cuestiones de género en la Revolución Ciudadana

Troubleshooting Brazilian Technophilia

Brazil has connected to the network – but with its costs. Law-abiding citizens have indulged in Internet usage with limited knowledge of its manipulations. With 54.2 percent of Brazilians online, the first challenge is to create a risk-aware culture where citizens understand the dark arts of the virtual domain. Furthermore, digital empowerment has fallen into the … More Troubleshooting Brazilian Technophilia

“¿Y Por Qué Deberíamos Hablar del Racismo?”

Pocos temas son tan vedados como hablar sobre raza y racismo en Latinoamérica.  En esta sociedad ‘moderna’ en la que vivimos, cimentada en el mito del mestizaje y de la llamada democracia racial, el racismo simplemente no existe. Y como no existe, no se discute públicamente, no se cuestiona en las escuelas, ni se prioriza … More “¿Y Por Qué Deberíamos Hablar del Racismo?”

Transforming Spaces: A Year with Transformaciones

Finals week was flying towards us, essays and readings piling up like the snow all the Christmas songs spoke about. It was during this time a year ago, amidst this chaos, that Transformaciones first came into existence. Andrea approached us with the idea of a blog, a place where students could explore their passions relating … More Transforming Spaces: A Year with Transformaciones

Snuq’ Jolom Konob’: Mind of the people

Community radios matter, especially for indigenous communities all across Latin America. From Mexico to Guatemala and from Peru to Chile, indigenous people rely on the radio to keep their traditions and languages alive. Broadcasters also bring content that is relevant to local audiences, that which is often overlooked by mass-media. Community radios are owned and … More Snuq’ Jolom Konob’: Mind of the people