Analysis: How Paraguay Became Latin America´s ‘Lab for anti-Rights Ideas’

Paraguay, overshadowed by its giant neighbors including Brazil, is perhaps an unlikely battleground in a global war against gender equality involving powerful US campaigners.

By Diana Cariboni for openDemocracy

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 2017 Paraguay became the world’s first country to ban gender issues from school education – with help from US conservatives.

When María Amarilla was eleven years old, she was sexually abused by a family member. “For years I remained silent because I didn’t know it was wrong and didn’t know whom to talk to,” she told openDemocracy.

The abuse “lasted for a while, and when my school organised a spiritual retreat I tried to talk to someone, but everything the girls heard there was about our ‘sins . . .

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