Femicide and Impunity: A humanitarian crisis in Central America, and a growing problem worldwide
El Salvador has the highest rate of femicide in the world, Guatemala the third and Honduras the seventh. In Guatemala and Honduras only 2% of murdered women’s cases were investigated in 2013. And in El Salvador, in 2014 alone, between January and October, over 300 women between the ages of 12 and 18 years were found in unmarked mass graves. The victims of femicide often show signs of torture, rape, or breast and genital mutilation and dismembered body parts. In this violent context, the international peasant movement La Via Campesina is leading a Global Campaign to End All Forms of Violence Against Women, which aims at increasing public awareness of the root causes of, and all the types of expressions of, violence against women, and to demand an end to impunity.
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