Nicaragua – LGBT population in political parties

  • October 5, 2015
  • News

nicaIn recent months, citizens of several Central American countries have protested against their Governments and the political class in general. Part of the claim of the citizen movements is the inclusion in the political agenda the defense of their rights and sexual diversity.

The Movimiento de Renovación Sandinista (MRS) bets on Human Rights as a fundamental pillar of its strategy and hopes to attract excluded groups, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans.

Ana Margarita Vijil, President of the movement Movimiento de Renovación Sandinista (MRS); Nicaraguan social democrat party founded in 1995, Attorney with specialty in gender and political party, says that for years, political parties have been always directed by men and no one had claimed much; also the role of women wasn’t addressed. Thus, due to the need for respect of the difference and opinions new more inclusive parties began to emerge, including the Movimiento de Renovación Sandinista (MRS). Originally, in the MRS the network of young people and women were founded, and from 2014 was created the network for sexual diversity, with the clear interest of strengthening the rights of members and affiliates of sexual diversity.

“We have a strategic and programmatic alliance signed with the women’s movement and has been essential for the development of the network of women of MRS because they have helped us with training, guidance, and more. Then, as we can create alliances with the forces of the country, it is extremely important to match with our ideas of work for democracy and social justice, but there are many prejudices and intolerance in terms of the network for diversity and national leaders will have to confront that, discuss to advance the agenda and open spaces of debate. We are fully committed to the struggle for Human Rights and diversity struggle is a struggle for Human Rights”, said Mrs. Vijil.

We can see there are changes in the environment, there are changes in Nicaragua. If you manage to establish clear rules such as zero tolerance for hate crimes, Nicaragua can become a very tolerant society. Certainly, we need a State that helps promote respect for differences.

Nicaragua is now one of the pioneers in including the LGBT community in political parties, the world has witnessed advances in the political participation of the LGBT population. The inclusion of sexual diversity in political parties is a necessary step to achieve a genuine representation in the State apparatus and to ensure that public policies meet their needs.