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July 20, 2012

Contact:  Gloria Mayne

858-342-0890
gmayne@seaif.org

SIF hosts Delegation Working to End Sexual and
Gender-Based Violence in Central America

 

Ten female leaders from Central America to visit Seattle for leadership training and public policy dialogue with local institutions around violence against women and related issues

The Seattle International Foundation is partnering with the U.S. Department of State to host and provide training to a delegation of ten Central American women leaders in Seattle from July 22-28. These leaders are working to promote women’s rights and address the critical issue of sexual and gender-based violence in Central America.

Central America has seen a huge rise of murders of women in the last decade, and has become one of the deadliest regions to be a woman. For instance, El Salvador has the highest femicide rate in the world at 13.9 per 100,000 inhabitants. Guatemala, ranked third highest in the world, has a rate of 9.8 and Honduras, ranked seventh in the world, stands at 7.2 per 100,000. In the first half of 2012, 150 women in Honduras and 337 women in Guatemala were murdered.1 In addition, the rates for sexual assault and domestic violence in the region have reached crisis dimensions. 

The delegation will meet with various private and public institutions focused on domestic violence to enhance their knowledge around the latest strategies, service models, and public policies used to address violence against women.

The week-long training program includes participation of local organizations such as: Consejo; City of Seattle Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention Council; Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress; King County Sexual Assault Resource Center; Lifewire; New Beginnings; Northwest Immigrant Rights Project; PATH;  King County Superior Court Prosecuting Attorney and Protection Order Advocacy Program; Seattle Police Department Domestic Violence Unit, Victim Support Team; and the Washington State Coalition against Domestic Violence.

To schedule an interview with a member of the women’s delegation, please contact Gloria Mayne at gmayne@seaif.org or 858-342-0890.

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Seattle International Foundation (SIF) was founded as a supporting organization to The Seattle Foundation for the purpose of increasing and enhancing international philanthropy and development efforts from the Pacific Northwest and to serve as a resource to our community. SIF is working with corporations, foundations, governments and individuals to alleviate poverty in Central America. Since 2008, the Foundation has invested over $6 million in organizations working for positive social change throughout the region.

1. Fox, E. (2012, July 12). How the drug trade fuels femicide in central america. Insight: Organized Crime in the Americas.

 

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