On January 26, the Nicaraguan Parliament unanimously approved a Comprehensive Violence Against Women Act, a victory for women's organizations that have long struggled to bring attention to this issue. The new law represents an important step towards addressing the serious problem of gender-based violence that is facing Nicaragua.
Canadian t-shirt manufacturer Gildan Activewear is closing two factories in Mexico, two Montreal textile plants and a cutting operation in New York. An estimated 1,365 Mexican and 465 Canadian and U.S. workers will be laid off. Workers at the Mexican factories were particularly hard hit, as the region is already reeling from Hanesbrands' laying-off of 1,700 workers in December 2006. With MSN’s assistance, our local Mexican partner organization in Monclova, SEDEPAC, put forward a series of proposals to Gildan.