In Honduras, violent deaths among women increased by 263.4% from 2005 to 2013. In 2009, the year of the coup d’état, femicide rose by 62%, while in 2013, a woman was murdered somewhere in the country every 15 hours. Between 2012 and 2013, 525 cases of harassment against women’s rights activists were documented. From 2009 to 2012, victims filed 82,547 accusations of domestic violence, 92% of which came from women. In 2013 alone, 2,851 charges of sexual violence were filed. More than 90% of cases end up with no conviction. The work of women’s rights activists is more important than ever.
Lanza has been fighting injustice in Honduras for more than 30 years and is one of the most widely known and respected feminists. She is the legal representative of the Visitación Padilla movement, one of the most highly regarded women’s organisations in Honduras, members of which are commonly known as the “Chonas” (women of feminist ideals).
Lanza has served time in prison on bogus charges, her name has appeared on lists of political dissidents sought by a paramilitary squadron, and in 1991, a bomb destroyed her house. In 2010, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered the government to guarantee the protection of Lanza, which she says has not happened."
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