Coordinación de Mujeres del Paraguay

The Coordinación de Mujeres del Paraguay (Coordinating Body of Paraguayan Women, CMP) is a network of feminist organisations in Paraguay. The CMP was founded in 1987[1] or 1988.[2]


At its inception the CMP consisted of fifteen Paraguayan women's groups.[2] The initiative to form the CMP, led by Mercedes Sandoval de Hempel,[3] has been characterised as a significant turning point in the articulation of women's rights after three decades of violent dictatorship under Alfredo Stroessner.[4]

After the dictatorship, the CMP showed a new professionalism in making the case for gender equality. On behalf of the CMP, Sandoval drafted Law 1/92, the law relating to marriage, of the Paraguayan Civil Code.[5] In the 1998 Paraguayan general election the CMP presented a 13-point platform of feminist policy proposals.[6] In 1999 the CMP lobbied for a law explicitly outlawing domestic violence against women,[7] resulting in legislation in 2000.[8]

Groups under the umbrella of the CMP today are Aireana - Group for Lesbian Rights, the Trinidad Association, the Community Support Educational Base (BECA), the Documentation and Studies Center (CDE), Kuña Róga, and United in Hope (UNES). The group also includes individual members.[7] Members have included Line Bareiro,[9] Gloria Rubin.[10] and Mirta Moragas.[11]


  1. ^ R. Andrew Nickson (2015). "Feminism". Historical Dictionary of Paraguay (3rd ed.). Rowman & Littlefield. p. 228. ISBN 978-0-8108-7964-5.
  2. ^ a b Line Bareiro; Clyde Soto (1997). "Women". In Peter Lambert; Andrew Nickson (eds.). The Transition to Democracy in Paraguay. Macmillan Press Ltd. p. 94. ISBN 9781349257676.
  3. ^ "Mercedes Sandoval de Hempel" (in Spanish). Portal Guarani. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  4. ^ Aldo Benítez (3 November 2017). "Lo que dejó el stronismo y no hay que olvidar". La Nacion. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Mural de mujeres políticas que hicieron historia". ABC Color. 28 July 2021. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  6. ^ Developments in Latin American Political Economy: States, Markets and Actors – Google Books
  7. ^ a b Conxa Chaus Moreno. "Living with the enemy". Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Coordinación de Mujeres del Paraguay – CMP".
  9. ^ R. Andrew Nickson (2015). "Bareiro, Line (1950–)". Historical Dictionary of Paraguay. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-8108-7964-5.
  10. ^ The International Who's Who of Women 2002 – Google Books
  11. ^ "Causa Abierta: Censura al género en la enseñanza pública de Paraguay". Articulacion Feminista Marcosur. August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2021.

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