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Violence Against Women in Nicaragua

"Maria Elena Cuadra" Working and Unemployed Women's Movement 
Managua, Nicaragua
Gender Equality, Violence Against Women

Building collective women-focused strategies and actions to combat gender-related violence and femicide in the Districts VI and IV of Managua

This project takes a rights-based approach and aims to strengthen the legal framework of protection for female victims of violence.

Key Achivements

• As a result of this project and MEC’s alliance with 21 organizations, on January 26, 2012 the Nicaraguan Parliament approved the Comprehensive Violence Against Women Act.

 A National Forum was hosted on the Comprehensive Violence against Women Act, Criminal Code and Regional Rules on the Comprehensive Care to Women with an emphasis on sexual violence. 

• The Legal Aid clinic assisted in 657 cases in need of psychological support; 1,610 cases involving legal advice; 394 in need of support calculating of workers benefits and providing legal advice in relation to civil and labour matters; 407 cases addressing workplace violence; 3 cases of collective grievances.

100 women received training through workshops on gender issues, self-esteem, violence, femicide, and human rights.