Latin America

Xiomara Castro faces uphill battle in Honduras women’s rights charge

The first woman president in the country's history, Xiomara Castro has promised to fight for women's and LGBTQIA+ rights by overturning sexist legislation amid a never-ending cycle of violence

President Xiomara Castro of Honduras. Photo: Gustavo Amador/EFE via Folhapress
President Xiomara Castro of Honduras. Photo: Gustavo Amador/EFE via Folhapress

A 2015 piece on news website El Mundo described Honduras as “hell for women,” amid the country’s apparently never-ending cycle of domestic and gender-based violence. Murders of women increased by over 263 percent between 2005 and 2013, while only one out of nine reported crimes were actually investigated and solved. Seven years on, the violence remains, but there is new-found hope of tackling the problem. 

For the first time in the country’s history, Honduras is led by a woman president. Taking office earlier this year, left-leaning Xiomara Castro promised Hondurans a less violent nation, attacking poverty, unemployment, and inequality...

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