WAR ON DRUGS HAS BECOME WAR ON WOMEN IN CENTRAL AMERICA, SAYS NEW REPORT
Report Draws on Testimony from Hundreds of Women Across Central America
Media Advisory for: 12:30 pm EDT/ 11:30 am CST/ 9:30 am PDT on Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Contact: Patricia Brooks, (202) 351-1757, [email protected]
Washington DC – As the United States increases spending on the drug war in Central American countries, murder and violence against women has escalated, says a report being released on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 by the Nobel Women’s Initiative and Just Associates (JASS).
While murders and violence have increased over-all, they have disproportionately affected women and particularly women human rights defenders. The report comprises findings by a delegation of women, including Nobel Laureates Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchu Tum, in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Working with scores of local groups, the delegation convened five forums and met with the Presidents of Honduras and Guatemala, the Mexican Attorney General as well as other government officials. Many women spoke of rape, torture and murder for the first time. The press conference call comes after members of the delegation are traveling to the United States and will have returned from meeting with State Department officials.
Findings include a 257 percent increase in femicide in Honduras; 40 percent in Mexico and a more than 30 percent increase in Guatemala over the last ten years. The report analyzes the causes of these increases in violence and proposes country-specific solutions. The conclusions are drawn from meetings with over 200 human rights defenders in Mexico City, Chilpancingo, Guatemala City, Panajachal and Tegucigalpa.
Reporters can attend by contacting Patricia Brooks, (202) 351-1757, [email protected]
WHAT: Release of “From Survivors to Defenders, Women Confronting Violence in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala”
WHEN: 12:30 pm EDT/ 11:30 am CST/ 9:30 am PDT on Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Moderator: Maria Hinojosa, Broadcast Journalist and President of Futuro Media Group
- Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate
- Laura Carlsen, Director of the America’s Program in Mexico City
- Gilda Rivera, Center for Women’s Rights in Honduras (with translator)
- Almina Olopio, daughter of Hilda Lezama—owner of the boat fired upon in the recent joint US-Honduran drug raid.
The Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and courageous women peace laureates to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality.