Meet Neesa Medina
Meet the Muse: Neesa Mdeina ~ Feminist, Human Rights Defender from Honduras.
Where do you come from.
Where do you live?
In Tegucigalpa. Capital of Honduras.
What three words best describe your country?
Resistance. Conflict. Uncertain.
What do you love about your country?
All my memories are here, everything and everyone that made me who I am exist or had existed here. In a away, it´s my longest relationship.
What issues does your country currently face?
Extreme inequality, monopolization of power by the president, militarism as a way to control the people and territories, privatization of the public institutions, a society that is numb to violence (as a way to survive) and daily fear that leads to immobility.
Tell us about yourself.
What did you dream about when you were 8?
Oh, that´s my craziest year. I dream about been an egyptologist …and a vampire.
What do you dream about now?
Being a teacher in a feminist kindergarten.
What matters most to you?
Not hurting the ones I love.
What is your greatest fear?
To lost my mind. To not be able to remember, talk or write eloquently ‘at least in Spanish’.
What has been your greatest life lesson?
Allow yourself to feel.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I complicate things …but enjoy the smallest and simplest pleasures.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
What do you want to be remembered for?
That’s a hard question. When I think about being remembered, I think of the people who know me, and for each and every one of them the memory of me it’s going to be different. But I hope that whatever that memory is, it would make them smile in silence.
If you had the world stage for one moment, what would your message be?
Tell us about your work as an Activist & Human Rights Defender:
Who are your HRD muses or role models/mentors?
The closest to me is Regina Fonseca, my boss. Maybe it’s because I’ve only worked in one place, and she’s been in a desk at 1m of distance, but she’s the one that I trust and whose opinion I respect.
What is your definition of activism?
Why is activism important to you?
Social movement is important, and the activist should be the ones facilitating the life of the social movement.
Why does the world need activists?
Because it’s necessary to transcend form personal concerns to organized work.
Do you have any advice for young activists?
Don’t be naive; understand how the world works and then figure out what to do and how to do it.
What job | project | goal are you working on now?
I’m part of the Observatory of Women’s Rights, at the Center for Women’s Rights, a feminist NGO.
What is your “why” behind it?
A comprehension of the structural game of power that’s behind the violence against women and general violation of women’s rights is only achievable through feminism.
What should people know about your work?
This chaotic and violent context defines the way we live, work and think. We, as a feminist organization, battle not only against the inequalities of this system, but also against the invisibility of women.
How can we support you and your work? Please share any links.
Our sites are in Spanish, but you can follow our work in Facebook.com/CDMHonduras
Share your inspiration with us:
When and where are you most inspired?
My most wild ideas have come in the middle of chaos.
If you could inspire one change in yourself, what would it be?
If you could inspire one change in the world, what would it be?
Consider feminism as a valid option to change the world.
Where do you look for inspiration in your daily life?
Talking to people and …music.
Who inspires you?
The ones who know how the world works and confront reality first in order to change it. The ones who do it with political clarity; building their discourse in a strong and accurate way.
Want to share a quote or a poem or a song lyric that inspires you?
“She came and substituted the peace and quiet for acrobatic blood flow”
Arctic Monkeys, “She’s Thunderstorms”
Thank you for the inspiration. xo, muse
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