Hearty congratulations to Xiomara* Castro, the 13th woman president of Latin America. She took office in late January. Vice President Harris attended the ceremony to show support. Castro is one of several Latin American women presidents who took the presidential office after their husbands. Presidenta Castro is married to the former president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya who was deposed in a 2009 army coup. Castro was instrumental in organizing the post-coup protest movement.
Economics worsened significantly during the 12 year dictatorship. Currently, 70% of the Honduran population lives below the poverty line. Half a million people have left the country, many as refugees seeking asylum in the United States.
Presidenta Castro has a lot of work to lessen violence and increase economic options for her people. She looks ready for the challenge. I wish her a productive, socially responsive, economy building and peaceful four years.
Back in 2019, I wrote an article about female heads of state in the Americas. Click on the word Americas in the previous sentence to read about the other 12 women leaders. US and Mexico are still to come.
Gracias! ¡Olé! –Rebecca
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