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This Nicaraguan woman answers sexism with spraypaint

Twenty-three-year-old Jairisa Sanchez is bucking the odds for women in Nicaragua, which has some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and violence against women in the Americas. When she’s not working as a graphic designer, Sanchez is a rare graffitera, a female graffiti artist.

Justice

The promise of justice is receding, Nicaraguan women say

Nicaraguan lawmakers passed Law 779 three years ago to protect victims of domestic violence — to international praise. But women say the law since has been watered down, and special courts don't have the resources to investigate complaints. Advocates fear women who seek justice could end up worse off, but they vow to fight for the law's original intent.