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This article discusses how Latin American singer and gender studies degree holder, Francisca Valenzuela, is working to raise awareness of Latin America’s stereotyped gender role of women by creating an all-female musical festival in Chile. Women in Chile are perceived as props and objects to many of the male performers, but Valenzuela is working against […]
Drug Enforcement Agents (DEA) stationed in Colombia had illegal “sex parties” with prostitutes, which were bank rolled by drug cartels. Colombian police officers have allegedly provided protection to the DEA agents with guns and property to have the “sex parties.” These parties have also included the prostituting of young girls and the sale of pornographic […]
Since 1925, the St. Lucie River in Florida has been connected to Lake Okeechobee by the St, Lucie canal for the purposes of flood control for the communities of the lake’s shores and boating traffic across the state via the lake. For 87 years, when heavy rains cause the lake to rise to high levels, […]
For Mexican farmworkers, justice is more than needed. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto started a national program called “Mexico with Decent Work” to help “the respect, protection, and guarantee of human rights for farmworkers in Mexico, as well as to ensure decent work is fully in force.” Unfortunately, this only lasted a short two months […]
Indonesia is still stuck in old ways when it comes to caring for and treating mental health patients. Even though the practice of chaining people up with psychological problems was banned in Indonesia forty years ago, about 19,000 people still live in those conditions. Indonesia lacks education on mental health, a government that is […]