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Occidental College

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Spring 2014

Program Name

Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Literacy, and Media


Nicaraguan people are gridlocked into various oppressive hierarchies. Those who find themselves at the bottom of these hierarchies face what Paolo Freire calls “dehumanization”, because they are unable to engage in the inquiry and praxis of their realities. Through my independent study project, I address the hierarchical system of patriarchy in Nicaragua, and highlight the ways in which women empowering themselves are reclaiming their humanity through increasing consciousness. I was fortunate enough to work with two organizations in Chinandega: El Movimiento de Mujeres de Chinandega, and El Grupo Crecer. In working with these organizations I became immersed in the the ways women are struggling together to assert their subjectivity. I hope to impart just a small part the fervor of women’s empowerment projects in Chinandega by discussing the topics relevant in the minds of women pursuing liberty through consciousness, and analyzing how women’s bold confrontations with these topics does indeed empower them.


Family, Life Course, and Society | Gender and Sexuality | Inequality and Stratification | Politics and Social Change | Women's Studies


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