Violence Against Women & Femicide

Violence against women transcends borders. Every woman has the right to be free from violence in all aspects of life.  


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Challenges

Women in Central America and Mexico are triply discriminated against: for being women, for being poor, and often, for being Indigenous or of African descent. Across the Mesoamerican region, they have reduced access to education, health care, employment and land ownership. A patriarchal culture, combined with criminal networks and gangs, has allowed gender-based violence to cut across boundaries of class, age and ethnicity. Local authorities consistently fail to prevent or prosecute rape, abuse, harassment, forced prostitution and femicide – the systematic killing of women based on their gender.


What We Do

Together with our partners, we help promote women’s rights and the complete elimination of violence against women in the public and private spheres. Horizons works to strengthen women’s self empowerment and increase citizen pressure on governments to adopt appropriate policies.

Horizons is committed to:

  • Training community promoters to lead prevention initiatives among grassroots populations in Mesoamerica,
  • Supporting access to justice for female victims of violence,
  • Funding research and studies providing hard data on incidences of violence across the region.

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Featured Projects

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Building Capacity in the Fight to Win: Supporting Steps for Better Organized Salvadoran Workers

Partner:
The Federation of Independent Associations and Unions of El Salvador (FEASIES)
Location:
El Salvador
Project Duration:
Dec, 2016 - Sept, 2018

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Femicide Regional Project: Promoting Gender Justice in El Salvador and Central America

Partner:
The Organization of Salvadoran Women for Peace (ORMUSA).
Location:
El Salvador
Project Duration:
Apr, 2016 Dec, 2017

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Empowering Women in El Salvador's Lower Lempa Through Rotating Line of Credit

Partner:
The Intercommunity Association of Communities Working Together for the Economic and Social Development of Lower Lempa (ACUDESBAL)
Location:
Lower Lempa, El Salvador
Project Duration:

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Conservation and Protection of Mayan Textile Art of the Indigenous Women of Guatemala

Partner:
Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez (AFEDES)
Location:
Indigenous Maya Kaqchikel municipalities in the Departments of Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Project Duration:
Jul, 2017 – Jun, 2019

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Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health: Transforming Indigenous Lives (MNCH)

Partner:
Association for Health Promotion, Research and Education (PIES). This project is generously supported by Global Affairs Canada.
Location:
Department of Totonicapán, Guatemala
Project Duration:
Mar, 2016 – 2020

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Maternal, Newborn and Child Health – Guatemalan & Canadian Public Engagement

Partner:
Association for Health Promotion, Research and Education (PIES). This project is generously supported by Global Affairs Canada.
Location:
Canada and Department of Totonicapán, Guatemala
Project Duration:
May, 2017 Apr, 2019

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Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Puerto Cabezas and Waspam Rio Coco Communities

Partner:
The Association of Indigenous Women of the Atlantic (AMICA)
Location:
The municipalities of Puerto Cabezas and Waspam Rio Coco, Nicaragua
Project Duration:
February, 2017 - December, 2018

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Labour Rights in Nicaragua’s Free Trade Zones

Partner:
Maria Elena Cuadra Working and Unemployed Women’s Movement.
Location:
Managua, Nicaragua
Themes:
Jan, 2017 - Dec, 2018