October 28, 2020

Launch application to advise women victims of violence in El Salvador



The Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) of El Salvador presented on Monday a digital mobile application that seeks to advise women who are victims of sexist violence.

The digital application called “Free” is a tool that provides information to help users identify any manifestation of violence and assist those who suffer various types of violence.

It contains definitions and examples of economic, physical, psychological and emotional, patrimonial, sexual, symbolic and feminic violence, as reported by the FGR.

In addition, it provides information on the closest places to which women can go to report their cases and be treated.

“This day we want to set a precedent as Prosecutor’s Office in support of Salvadoran girls and women. We are giving the population a digital tool that seeks to advise women who are victims of violence,” said Attorney General Raul Melara.

He said the project is an “opportunity for women to leave the circle of violence in which they live.”

“We are facing a difficult reality. The world has made unprecedented progress. Today there are restrictions that prevent 2.7 billion women from accessing the same options as men and one in three women suffers violence,” he added.

El Salvador is considered by Amnesty International (AI) as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women.

Data from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) indicate that the number of women killed by gender-based violence exceeds 3,800 a year in Latin America.

In 2018, the highest rates of femicide were recorded in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, in other nations, such as Mexico and Argentina.

The outrage at the wave of feminicides in Latin America, where it is estimated that more than 3,800 women are killed every year for gender reasons, took this March 8 again to the streets to a strengthened feminist movement that has reached, as never before, mark the political and social agenda of the region.

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