Neesa 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 holds deep experience in violence against women, sexual and reproductive rights, strategic communication & advocacy. Neesa was shaped both by the violent context of a coup d’état and the Resistance, and by the unapologetic women around her who have cultivated her urge to find joy in the struggle. She loves to dance to tropical music, eat seafood and watch house hunting tv shows. And for the first time, she is a migrant in Colombia.
How did you get into the work you do?
In 2009 Gilda Rivera from CDM call me for a job interview, she ask me if I was against the coup d’etat? I said yes. She asked me if I was pro-choice? I said yes. She asked me if I was a feminist? I said no. She knew better. I started to work immediately and that’s how my path through feminism begin.
What/who inspires you?
What? Stories, in whatever way they come. Who? Mis compañeras.
What’s one thing you do for self-care?
I dance, everyday.
What do you do for fun (when you’re not saving the world!)?
Find weird/interesting street food… and enjoy it!
Name a book, TV show, movie, poem, song, band, piece of art that you’d like to share. Why should people check it out?
Song: “Libres” by Mora Navarro …soft voice, hard reality and feminism to overcome it.
What are you most looking forward to at the conference?
Recharge from the stories of brilliant women.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee is my fuel!
If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Understand all languages.
What was the last song you listened to?
“Hanging on the Telephone” – Blondie.
What fictional character do you think is most like yourself?
A different character every day.
What’s your favourite snack?
Mixed nuts and raisins.
What’s your hidden talent?
Shameless karaoke singer.
Follow Neesa on Twitter @neenomas!
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