There were 85 women killed in Nicaragua in 2012 as a result of gender violence, according to The Network of Women Against Violence (RMCV).
Although the National Police only registered 76 cases for the year, Luz Marina Torres, of the RMCV, said the organisation’s National Observatory had documented the additional cases, which included four Nicaraguan women killed in Costa Rica.
Upon releasing the figures, the RMCV in Nicaragua demanded that the government ends impunity and fully enforces the law on violence against women, which was sanctioned last June. The RMCV claims that the state commission set up to tackle the problem has not yet communicated with women’s groups, despite them playing a major role in the creation and implementation of the law.
To demonstrate the ongoing lack of protection for women, Torres highlighted the cases of 13 of the victims, in which women had filed complaints against their partners for abuse with the police before they were murdered.
The RMCV also pointed to impunity in the justice system, noting that only four suspects were convicted, while 29 are still fugitives. The organisation also demanded that the necessary funds to enforce the law are assigned, criticising the government for not including them in the 2013 budget.
The RMCV report came out the day before an event, One Billion Rising, was staged in 203 countries as part of a global campaign to stop violence against women.
Story courtesy of Agencia Pulsar.