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About Laura Carlsen

Laura Carlsen is the Director of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy. She is located in Mexico City where she has written extensively on Latin America and is a frequent television and radio commentator.

Laura Carlsen es la Directora del Programa de las Américas del Centro de Política Internacional. Está ubicada en la ciudad de México, donde ha escrito extensamente sobre América Latina y es comentarista frecuente de televisión y radio.


Articles by Laura Carlsen

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

How women are building feminist human security in the Americas

Across the region, women are forging alternative paths to real peace and security, rejecting militarisation and violence. They do this at great personal risk. Español

Seguridad humana feminista en las Américas: una obra en construcción

Lejos de la militarización y la violencia, y a costa de enormes riesgos personales, las mujeres están abriendo vías alternativas hacia una verdadera paz y seguridad en toda la región. English

Honduras: the battle to protect women human rights defenders

Protection of women human rights defenders must be based on recognizing not only their existence, but also their contribution to creating better societies.

Within the hell of war lies a private hell

It is easy to think of impunity as a sin of omission. The hand not raised in protest appears genteel alongside the hand stained with the blood of the victim. Yet we learned from the testimonies of women on the frontlines of battle for gender justice that impunity not only perpetuates crimes against women, it teaches generation after generation how to continue the practice.

Mexico: the war on drugs is becoming a war on women

Women human rights defenders in Mexico are increasingly targeted, often by government forces, since drug war violence and militarisation provide a cover for attacking leaders of grassroots movements, says Laura Carlsen

Horror and hope meet hand in hand

Blogging from the Nobel Women's Initiative conference, Laura Carlsen sees the strength in the women gathered there and voices a collective hope about meeting the challenge of ending sexual violence in conflict.

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