16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an annual campaign that begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and concludes on December 10, International Human Rights Day.
The Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Katherine Douholm, during the 16 days, conducted and supported campaigns related to eradication and education against gender violence. State Department figures indicate that one in three women and girls will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime, and 70% of women will experience gender-based violence.
In 2021, at least 4,473 women were victims of femicides in 29 countries and territories in the region, according to the Gender Equality Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean (OIG) of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). In numbers, Honduras, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Bolivia are the countries with the highest rates of femicides in the region:
The United States government places special emphasis on the need to put an end to violence against women and girls. In El Salvador, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), it is supporting different activities in the fight against gender violence.