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In late January 2012, the Nicaraguan Parliament unanimously approved a Comprehensive Violence Against Women Act, a victory for women’s organizations that have long struggled to bring attention to this issue. The law recognizes femicide (killing of women) and other forms of violence against women as criminal acts and makes them punishable by law.

CUPE’s Global Justice Fund supports the movement for working and unemployed women. Sandra Ramos, president of the Maria Elena Cuadra Movement for working and unemployed women (MEC) said, “This law sets an important precedent in Nicaragua’s history because, for the first time, the State is recognizing all types of violence against women, not just domestic violence.