Just FYI: Good news for horribly treated women in El Salvador

29 Mar

Holy shit, El Salvador. Took you long enough.

A groundbreaking law aimed at halting high levels of violence against women in El Salvador, the Central American country with the world’s highest rates for murder of women, recently was officially made public following approval five months ago by the overwhelming majority of members of the national legislative assembly.

The law punishes all forms of violence against women: from female murders (with 20-35 years of imprisonment for those convicted), to mocking, disparaging or isolation of women in their workplaces, communities or schools (with fines of between 2-25 times the national monthly minimum wage or through community work).

Less than six percent of the 477 women who were murdered between January and October 2010 resulted in convictions and of nearly 7,000 reported cases of sexual crimes, only 436 resulted in convictions between 2008 and 2009.

(Bolding mine.)

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