We join Spanish Cooperation in the “16 days of activism against gender violence”

On the occasion of the celebration of the 16 days of activism against violence against women and girls, the various actors of Spanish Cooperation in Honduras, we join the fight against this reality through a statement.

For the ETEA Foundation – Institute of Development of Loyola University and the Spanish Cooperation it is essential, in addition to working with a gender perspective, to develop specific actions aimed at eliminating gender inequalities in the areas of social, political, economic and labor participation, while advocating to combat gender violence in all its forms.

Levels of violence against women and girls have not changed much in the last decade and, in the case of Honduras, with the COVID-19 pandemic and hurricanes Eta and IOTA, have risen even higher. Even in periods in which homicides go down, femicides remain stable or even increase. Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights and a social scourge that prevents a life of equality, in addition to being an obstacle to development. For this reason, the Spanish Cooperation recognizes the feminist organizations and public institutions that work to eradicate it and joins their efforts in Honduras. However, we are deeply concerned about the enormous dimension of this problem in the country, where the State should be the main responsible for protecting the rights of women and girls.

Why a campaign from 25-N to 10-D?

The “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” is an international campaign that originated from the Women’s Global Leadership Institute with the coordination of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Since its origin, activists and international institutions around the world take action each year during the 16 days between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) and International Human Rights Day (December 10) to insist that gender-based violence is a human rights violation, and eliminating all forms of gender-based violence is a human rights issue.

Learn about the efforts of the Spanish Cooperation in Honduras to respond to gender-based violence and participate in the #16DíasDeActivismoContraLaViolenciaDeGénero.