TEGUSIGALPA, HONDURAS.– The initiative spot lighta global alliance between the European Union and the United Nations system, in coordination with the Ayuda en Acción Foundation, presented studies on the violence experienced by girls, women and young people in their homes and surroundings.
These studies were carried out within the framework of the project “Strengthening the capacity for social research on FGM/C and research practices carried out by young people and the LGTBIQ+ community”.
Through the project, actions were taken to strengthen the fight against violence against women and girls. For the development of the studies, the participation of young people, especially those belonging to the LGTBIQ+ community, was key in their role as researchers.
The youth on the street
This initiative trained more than 60 indigenous, Garífuna and LGTBIQ+ youth from the municipalities of La Ceiba, Central District and Intibucá. All these young people belong to six youth organizations: HUMAC, COMVIDA La Ceiba and the Central Region, Colectivo Violeta, Youth Against Violence, Intibucá Youth Network and volunteers from the Municipal Service for Children, Adolescents and Youth.
The training was hard, but a lot of learning. Through a participatory process, each group of young people in each municipality chose the type of violence they wanted to investigate. Young men and women from the Central Region, for example, focused on violence experienced in a family relationship; the Intibucá group focused on non-battle violence and the La Ceiba youth on domestic violence.
Selenia Reyes, a young researcher from the organization Humans in Action (HUMAC) in the city of La Ceiba, Atlantida, stated that “through the interviews we obtained statistics on the types of violence that suffered the most in the municipality of La Ceiba. and we came to the conclusion that it was domestic violence.”
Presentation of the results
The investigation did not remain only a work of interviews, the results were publicly presented to the municipal authorities and community organizations so that they felt challenged to eradicate the violence to which girls, women and population groups in vulnerable conditions were subjected.
“They need to make the young population understand how to eradicate the levels of violence at the community level. Each of us is part of the change,” says Kevin Valerio, COMVIDA of the Central Region.
Through these presentations, youth organizations also test their communication skills to become a communication channel that socializes investigations and, together with the authorities, puts an end to femicide and any kind of violence that affects girls and women.
Research shows that 79% of respondents believe that women suffer more often from domestic violence, and 67% express the opinion that those who suffer more often are people from the LGTBIQ+ community.
In addition, 88.4% of respondents said that older men are more violent, and 6.1% of respondents said that older women are more violent.
Similarly, 94.8% of respondents believe that mental abuse exists in homes.
Another indicator to consider is that 52.7% of respondents believe that psychological abuse suffered by young people at home is a personal problem that should be resolved within the family, and 18.8% believe , that this is a problem of the state of affairs. which the state and society must take care of.
While 79% of respondents stated that violence between couples is very often related to the consumption of alcohol and drugs.
The situation of violence that women, girls and young people from the LGTBIQ+ community live in is invisible. The European Union, the United Nations system through the Spotlight initiative and Fundación Ayuda en Acción reaffirm their commitment to eliminating all forms of violence against women, young people and girls; and reiterates that its termination is a shared responsibility.