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  • According to a new 186-page report, 1,207 violations against women and girls were reported between 2016 and 2017.

    According to a new 186-page report, 1,207 violations against women and girls were reported between 2016 and 2017. | Photo: World Economic Forum

Published 21 March 2018

According to a new 186-page report, 58 women were killed between 2016 and 2017: 21 murders, 25 femicides, 11 homicides.

Two out of every 100,000 Nicaraguan women were murdered in 2016, according to a map of violence released Wednesday.

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Led by the Government of Reconciliation and National Unity program, the delegation of agencies, ministries and health institutions presented the final result of months of research detailing the serious injustice and violence affecting Nicaraguan women.

According to Commissioner General Francisco Diaz, deputy director of the National Police, the report presents a fresh perspective on the national crisis which will help to address and control the situation and improve preventive measures.

Ivan Yerovi, United Nations Children's Fund representative to Nicaragua, told the assembled health and rights activists: "The call is to everyone around the table to prioritize the issue of prevention of sexual abuse, measures, work with the national government that already exists, the political decision to face this reality that affects girls in the country."

The new research provides an illustrated statistical report of the various crimes, injuries and violations perpetrated against women throughout the country. The report breaks down information by age, crime, perpetrators, the gravity of injury, and location.

Minister of Health Sonia Castro said: "It is a virtual platform to show the health situation of the population; it reflects problems, challenges; it reflects the emblematic programs of the Sandinista government and hospital indicators."

According to the 186-page report, 58 women were killed between 2016 and 2017: 21 murders, 25 femicides, 11 homicides, one by a family member, with at least four 13-year-old girls killed.

An additional 1,207 violations were reported between 2016 and 2017. Four hundred and two were at least 13 years old, 235 were between the ages of 13 and 14, and 265 were between the ages of 15 and 17. Almost 170 cases were reported by victims aged between 18 and 25, and 116 incidents targeted 26 to 45-year-olds. Only 20 cases were reported by women over the age of 45.

Nicaragua's Vice President and political activist Rosario Murillo, who attended the session with the government ministers, said: "Many people write to us and tell us the importance of this dialogue between all, together, to know what we have and improve it, if possible and improve it with the contribution of all."

The map was first presented to the cabinet, deputies of the national assembly, members of the national council of the national police, and the Sandinista Youth on Monday prior to being discussed at the national meeting Wednesday.


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