Refugees, Migration, IDPs
Women Human Rights Defenders
Neesa Medina is a Honduran feminist sociologist who has worked for more than eight years as a women’s rights analyst in Honduras at Centro de Derechos de Mujeres (CDM – Center for Women’s Rights). She participated in forums on violence against women organized by civil society at the national level, as well as in several panels addressing reforms to the Criminal Code to protect women and their sexual and reproductive rights. She also developed mobilization and communication campaigns around the same themes. She has provided her expertise in several conferences, exposing structural violence against women in Honduras, forced migration and current security policies in Honduras. Neesa participated in the civil society delegation that drafted and presented the Alternative Report to the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 2016. In recent years, she has testified as an expert on more than a dozen cases of Honduran women seeking asylum in the United States.
Neesa currently resides in Colombia, but keeps strong ties with Honduras. She is the communications director of the Honduran National Alliance for Safe Abortion “Somos Muchas” and also woks as coordinator of the Safe Abortion Advocacy Program “OPTIO” for Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic.