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Femicide Numbers Down But Problems Persist For Salvadoran Women

LADB Article ID: 79060
Category/Department: El Salvador.
Date: 2013-08-22
By: Benjamin Witte-Lebhar

El Salvador’s female homicide figures have fallen sharply during the past year and a half, thanks in large part to a tenuous government-backed gang truce that has cut overall murders by more than half. An encouraging sign for the country as a whole, the decrease is a particularly welcome development for the administration of President Mauricio Funes, which has made women’s rights a policy priority with initiatives such the Ley Especial Integral para una Vida Libre de Violencia para las Mujeres (LEIV), a femicide law that went into effect early last year, and Ciudad Mujer, a network of female-focused resource centers.

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