Monday, January 23, 2012

Rigoberta Menchu to Investigate Murders of Women in Honduras

January 23, 2012

Rigoberta Menchu
Nobel Prize winners Rigoberta Menchu (1992) and Jody Williams (1997) will arrive in Honduras to boost the investigation into the murders of several women in Honduras, said the executive director of the Women Rights Center, Gilda Rivera.

“They arrive in Honduras on January 25, on National Women´s Day, the day in which Honduran women won, after many battles, their right to vote and take part in the decisions made in our country, though in practice that is not accomplished,” said Rivera.

During their stay, both women will meet with police authorities and leaders of pro-women´s rights in the country, which has the world´s second highest rate of women killings.

Honduras has the second highest rate of feminicide after Guatemala, where more than 1,750 cases have been reported in the last 6 years and 80 percent of the cases have not been investigated adequately.

Menchu and Williams will be heading a campaign to stop the hundreds of killings of women in this country, during which they will hold talks with those who have to investigate such acts and try to implement measures against those acts.

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