September 22, 2020

Spain supports a guide to apply justice with a gender approach in Honduras

Spain supports a guide to apply justice with a gender approach in Honduras

Honduras and the NGO Ayuda en Acción presented on Wednesday a guide aimed at guaranteeing the application of justice with a gender focus in this country, where according to official figures 350 women died in violent circumstances in 2018, thanks to a project in which Spain participates .

"Thanks to the help of Spanish cooperation, we have been designing a methodology to train Judicial Branch officials" on the subject, the director of the Judicial School of Honduras, Hermes Ramírez, told Efe.

He added that the guide aims that justice operators have "a little more reflection to protect the rights of women from access to justice" and give "greater diligence" to cases of violence against women.

The guide addresses issues such as feminism and gender theory, violence and its typology, women's human rights and international legal framework, and is supported by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) with 60,000 euros ($ 67,530) .

Ramírez pointed out that the Domestic Violence Law of Honduras dates back to 1997 and that, although it is in force, its effectiveness is "in doubt".

The regulations were conceived with the aim of preventing cases of violence against women in Honduras, but "as of today we see that the rates, far from lowering or dying out, have been quantified in a stratospheric manner," he stressed.

He assured that there is a "degree of co-responsibility" in Honduras, where 30% of women are "in a situation of vulnerability", which he described as "appalling".

For the person responsible for AECID programs, Manuel Blázquez, Honduran justice operators must incorporate gender equality in their actions.

Blázquez told Efe that the aim of the guide is to "unlearn what has been learned, that is, to break with those roles that without realizing we carry them inside us".

He indicated that Spain's cooperation with this guide is part of the national agreement "Improving resilience capacities of the population and their livelihoods with a focus on gender equity and rights" implemented by Ayuda en Acción with financial support from the AECID.

Patricia Méndez, regional head of sustainability and climate change for Ayuda en Acción in Honduras, lamented that many women and girls in this country are "violated and live many types of violence", so the guide aims to strengthen the capabilities of the operators of Justice.

Women have the right to live a "life free of violence," stressed the representative of Ayuda en Acción, who said that you can not aspire to sustainable development processes in countries as long as this problem is not addressed.

According to official figures, in Honduras a woman is murdered every 18 hours, in many cases by her partners or ex-partners.


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