Juana is more than a number. She had dreams and a life ahead of her. She loved her little children, worked from sun to sun and was the only bread-winner in her home. However, something was not right with her life. José, her ex-partner, did not leave her alone. From before separating, he mistreated her and beat her. She left him but that did not stop him from continuing to threaten her. Feeling desperate, she put the complaint in the National Police, but they did not give her the necessary protection. Shortly afterwards, José chased her, ambushed her and killed her. He coldly calculated everything. José is currently fugitive of justice and Juana’s three little children were left unprotected and orphaned.
In Nicaragua, 126 women were victims of femicide between 2014 and 2015. They died in the hands of men who assumed they had the right to take their lives just because they were their partners, ex-partners or because they had an intimate relationship with them. Like Juana, most of these women had reported the mistreatment and violence they suffered, but very few received effective help.
Like Juana, the victims were mothers, daughters, workers and supported at least five people in their homes. The killers not only took their lives away from them, but also left their families unprotected and psychologically traumatized. These families did not receive any services nor support from the State institutions, because in Nicaragua there are no programs or policies to support the victims.
Every woman’s life counts: knowing the stories and circumstances of their deaths, we can help save the lives of thousands of women in Nicaragua.
How will we put your donations into action?
Our goal to reactivate the observatory with the minimum staff required is USD5,000.00. This will allow us to operate for a year and produce 3 quarterly reports and an annual report with femicides’ data and findings. The reports will also serve as inputs for future education and awareness materials.
The Observatory will be managed by a team of experts in media registration and monitoring, who specialize in human rights and in the production of educational materials, and who also have the sensibility to rescue the human dimension of both the victim and the killer, thus being able to show the life circumstances behind the statistical data. In addition, we will count on the voluntary work of experts on care and prevention of violence against women, who will review and approve the Observatory publications.
Why it matters:
With a renewed and reactivated Observatory we will not only provide figures or statistical data on femicides, we will also do research work to spread the victims’ stories. We will analyze their cases, the circumstances of the crime, the social and cultural factors that intervened in the problem, and provide clues so that people can recognize attitudes, behaviors and circumstances that represent warning signs.
In addition, the Observatory will provide inputs to influence justice operators, to demand public policies and the correct application of the law, to support survivors and victims’ relatives, and to sensitize and educate the general public. Our reward will be the satisfaction of contributing to a culture free of violence in Nicaragua, where we women can enjoy our rights, especially the right to life and to live free of violence.
In the case that we can´t raise USD5,000,00 we will continue to seek more funding from other sources to complete the goal and reactivate the Observatory, because it is a necessary and urgent tool to prevent more deaths of women in Nicaragua.
Your support is essential, not only as a donor, but also as a volunteer, ambassador and promoter of the campaign. Make this campaign yours and help us spread it to save the lives of women! You can use Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Messenger, email and even a phone call to share the campaing. Remember to tell your friends, family and contacts why it is urgent to support this cause, and also provide the link of this campaign to make a donation. Together we can achieve the goal!
About our organization:
We are the Network of Women against Violence (RMCV in Spanish), a space of articulation made up of women and organizations from several municipalities and departments of Nicaragua. For 25 years we the Network have saved women’s lives and supported thousands of women to free themselves from violence.
As part of our mission, in 2005 we launched the National Femicide Observatory, a platform to record all cases of femicides and femicides in a degree of frustration (that is, when the woman survives), based on monitoring print and digital media. However, in 2015 we had to close the observatory due to lack of funding. We now consider urgent to reactivate it because in Nicaragua femicides go from bad to worse.
With your support we will be able to reactivate and renew the Observatory to prevent femicides and demand justice!
Montserrat Fernández P.
Violeta Vanegas Salazar
Prisila Ruiz Rugama
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