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Violence Against Women Human Rights Defenders in Mesoamerica: An assessment in progress

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In April 2010, women human rights defenders (WHRDs) from a diversity of social movements in Mexico and Central America (Mesoamerica) met in Oaxaca, Mexico to participate in the Mesoamerican Gathering of Women Human Rights Defenders. The objective of this gathering was to recognize and analyze the violence that WHRDs in the region face, as well as to promote a regional convergence for their protection, security and strengthening.

One of the results of this gathering was the development of a Mesoamerican in-depth diagnosis on the violence against WHRDs that compiles and systematizes the reflections made by the meeting participants, supplemented by input from a series of preliminary diagnoses in four countries (Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala) that were prepared as input for the gathering. 

This document builds on the key conclusions of the initial diagnosis conducted in the region; it incorporates new cases and analysis that came out of the national meetings and gatherings, and from the information shared through the Mesoamerican WHRD network. 

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