Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007
    This description of Amy Bank's work was prepared when Amy Bank was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
    In Central America, the breakdown of law and order during the past twenty years has led to high levels of domestic violence against women and youth, but violence in the home has been treated as a taboo subject and dialogue has been difficult in these polarized societies. Amy, an American who has lived in Nicaragua for 22 years, created Meeting Point to boost dialogue through workshops, magazines, and radio programs and provide an information hub for hundreds of small grassroots organizations. Meeting Point has written and produced a soap opera, “Sixth Sense,” which has become wildly popular in its five years on the air and been proven to pave the way for open discussion of societal problems.
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