Responsible Church Partnerships
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Project Number: 400.1021
Violence is a widespread and structural problem in all Latin American countries and their fragile democracies. Our project partners are particularly committed to combating violence against environmental and human rights activists, as well as domestic, sexualized and gender-based violence. The latter form of violence primarily affects women and girls, but also sexual minorities. It can be psychological, economic or physical violence that takes place in both public and domestic spaces. Work against gender-based violence covers a wide range of thematic areas, including domestic violence, sexual violence, forced prostitution, and trafficking in women and children. Our partners are active in prevention work as well as in accompanying victims of sexual and domestic violence. Domestic violence in Latin America often leads to femicide, which is the most radical form of gender-based violence. Domestic violence can also lead to sexual violence. In addition to women, their children and adolescents are often affected by domestic and sexual violence.
The opportunities for civil society to participate politically have indeed increased in Latin America in recent years. Environmental, human rights and women's organizations closely monitor government policies and engage in active public relations and lobbying. But it is precisely this involvement that carries great risks for the activists. Many of them are exposed to repression, persecution and attacks. Nevertheless, they are committed to those who continue to have no voice.
Nowhere in the world is violence against women as pronounced as in Latin America. In recent years, it has reached epidemic proportions. Numerous countries in Latin America are at the top of the world's appalling statistics for female homicide and rape. Curfews imposed to curb covid-19 have further exacerbated the situation. Moreover, punitive norms against domestic violence are often not implemented, or are implemented inadequately, due to a lack of political will on the part of governments.
The term femicide includes, but is not limited to, the murder of a woman as a result of intimate partner violence, the torture and/or killing of women for misogyny, the killing of women and girls in the name of "honor," the targeted killing of women and girls in armed conflict, and cases of femicide related to gang or organized crime, drug trafficking, and trafficking in women and girls.
Not only women, but also children and young people have always been disproportionately exposed to domestic violence in Latin America. Due to the additional stress factors (e.g. ongoing school closures since March 2020), the situation has also worsened many times over for them since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.
260 murdered activists in Latin America (2020)
146 femicides, 22,456 cases of sexual violence, 5900 disappeared girls and women (2021).
180 femicides, 8,513 cases of sexual violence (2021).
55 femicides (2021)
6,671 Reports of sexual violence
Project budget 2022
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