May 27, 2020

El Salvador, the EU and the UN advance in a program to eradicate sexist violence

The Government of El Salvador, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations are advancing in the implementation of the "Spotlight Initiative", which seeks to eradicate sexist violence, the Presidency of the Central American country reported Tuesday.

"The program runs globally and seeks to contribute to the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls" and "El Salvador is one of the Latin American countries selected for its implementation," the source said.

El Salvador is one of the most dangerous countries for women, according to Amnesty International (AI), because of the high rates of femicide and sexual violence they face.

"We want to stop that, we want to reduce sexual violence against women, we want to pronounce ourselves against feminicides, we want to build a comprehensive strategy that allows us to address all the barriers that prevent us women from exercising our rights," said Salvadoran Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill , during a meeting with representatives of the EU and UN.

He stressed "the importance of this program assuming an active role from all spaces" in order to "deal with sexist violence".

The Salvadoran government said the initiative "seeks to realize gender equality and the empowerment of women, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."

According to data from the National Civil Police (PNC) to which Efe had access at the end of last October, at least eleven children and adolescents are victims of sexual crimes in El Salvador on a daily basis, of which the vast majority are women.

The PNC data bank, shared through its transparency website, indicates that between January and September 2019, 6,328 sex crimes were computed, of which 47.4% were committed against minors.

The acting representative of the United Nations in El Salvador, Georgiana Braga-Orillard, said on October 8 that the level of sexual violence faced by girls and adolescents in the Central American country is "very high."

He added that the situation of violence against minors is "quite difficult" and that the Central American nation must work mainly in the areas of "girls' empowerment, education, prevention of early and unwanted pregnancy."

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