The Mesoamerican Initiative for Women Defenders of Human Rights offers data on violence against women in politics in this region
The Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) has published an article on the situation of women defenders of human rights in Mesoamerica. The article highlights the extra difficulty experienced by female human rights activists in a context marked by discrimination and gender inequality, due to the implicit cultural norms and stereotypes that limit women’s political and social participation.
The Mesoamerican Initiative for Women Defenders of Human Rights (IM-Defenders) documents the attacks suffered by women activists in this region of the Americas. Between January 2012 and December 2014, there have been a total of 1,688 attacks in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. The number of attacks also has increased steadily over the period analyzed, with the following main forms of aggression:
- Psychological intimidation and harassment (21%).
- Threats, warnings and ultimatums (16%).
- Slander, accusations and smear campaigns (9%).
- Excessive use of force (6%).
- Illegal detention and arbitrary arrest (4%).
- Criminalization and prosecution (4%).
The Initiative also registered 32 murders of women human rights defenders and 39 attempted murders. Click here to read the full story.