TheEuropean Programme, where the Justice thematic area is coordinated by Expertise France, pays close attention to violence towards women and supports, in various Latin American countries, the implementation of public policies aimed at fighting such violence more efficiently. In Honduras, Expertise France takes action jointly with its Spanish and Italian partners, to implement a comprehensive assistance protocol for victims.
The project associates actors of the Justice (Supreme Court, Public Ministry), Social Affairs (Ministry of Development and Social Integration), and Health systems.
Objective: Ensure that all relevant actors take action in a coordinated manner for women victims of violence to be fully cared:
- Legal: Protection measures and legal proceedings;
- Health: Care and legal medicines;
- Social: follow-up by social workers.
This project also relies on the experience of creating a Support and Protection Center for Women’s Rights (CAPRODEM - Centro de Atención y Protección de los Derechos de las Mujeres) opened in March 2014 in the capital Tegucigalpa, with support from the European Union programme.
Latin America is one of the areas of the world where women are the most exposed to violence. The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) considers that a quarter of the women in the area are affected by various forms of violence. This type of violence is the primary cause of death (before cancer, malaria and traffic accidents) among women aged 15-49 years. Although countries in the area never stopped to reinforce their legislation, especially via the transposition of international and regional conventions, and more especially the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women (the so-called "Belém do Pará Convention"), the path to follow in order to eradicate such situations is still long and the obstacles numerous.
In Honduras, one of the most violent countries in the world outside conflict areas, women are, more than anywhere else, the primary victims of violent actions committed in the public space, and even more so in the private sphere.
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By Xavier Cousquer