Fundación ETEA – Development Institute of Universidad Loyola Andalucía
USAID – Local Governance Activity Honduras
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a human rights violation, a public health problem and a barrier to development, especially for young women from indigenous peoples who have been historically marginalised and discriminated against.
Violence against women has no geographical or cultural boundaries, is sustained by gender inequalities and deeply affects the most vulnerable, those living in poverty. Most of the indigenous population (77%) is concentrated in villages and rural areas, which are also the areas with the least access to education, health services, employment, productive resources and have higher than average levels of Unsatisfied Basic Needs (UBN).
Fundación ETEA – Development Institute of Universidad Loyola Andalucía, through the consultancy carried out for the Local Governance Activity Honduras (GLH), conducted the present study on gender-based violence as a driving factor of irregular migration among young indigenous Lenca and Maya-Chortí women in western Honduras, and based on the evidence found, develops strategies for its prevention and reduction of inequality gaps.
The study provides new findings and knowledge to service providers, academia, civil society organisations and private enterprise on a little researched problem linking GBV, migration and indigenous peoples.