PeaceWoman of the Month
PeaceWoman from Nicaragua
Hazel María Law Blanco was born in the Autonomous Region of the Northern Atlantic in Nicaragua. After having had to fight hard for her education, as a native and woman, she obtained a degree in Law in 1993. At the age of 16, she’s already started the engagement against racial discrimination. After the Sandinist Popular Revolution in 1979, a literacy crusade for indigenous languages took place in the Caribbean region of Nicaragua. For Hazel this historic event was a personal success too, because now women from her own region could learn to read and write.
Since the Seventies, Hazel María Law Blanco promotes the human rights of indigenous communities and the equality between women and men. As a member of the National Parliament, she achieved 1990 the passing of the Autonomy Law, which recognizes the historical rights of the indigenous people of the Nicaraguan Atlantic Coast. 2010 and 2012 she was selected for Nicaragua as a member of the working group that prepared a draft of the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. 2015 she participated in the second Symposium of the UN in Geneva, entitled ‘Indigenous Peoples at the Un: from the experience of the first delegates to the empowerment of younger generations’.
Her commitment during years and the success of Hazel María Law Blanco show that it is worthwhile not to simply accept the established order.