Women’s Rights with ORMUSA
ORMUSA, the Organization of Salvadoran Women for Peace, is dedicated to working for gender equality and economic, social and political women’s empowerment. ORMUSA works for women’s rights through political advocacy, working with the justice system and promoting local and national sustainable development with a focus on gender equality. In addition to participating in a national network of organizations and institutions that work for legislation to protect and promote women’s rights and gender equality, ORMUSA provides workshops, trainings and direct community services for women.
SHARE supports ORMUSA’s campaign against feminicide, which successfully worked to pass the Holistic Law for a Life Free of Violence for Women in 2010 and the Law for Equality, Equity, and Eradication of Discrimination Against Women in March 2011. The law punishes all forms of violence against women: from femicide (with 20-35 years of imprisonment for those convicted), to mocking, disparaging or isolation of women in their workplaces, communities or schools (with fines of between 2-25 times the national monthly minimum wage or through community work). When the law comes into force next year, the Government of El Salvador will also develop a National Policy for Women’s Access to a Life Free of Violence, to guide national and sub-national measures for victims of violence, which is usually perpetrated by a male partner or acquaintance.
SHARE is currently supporting ORMUSA to provide access to legal and health services for women victims of violence in rural areas of the La Libertad department of El Salvador. This project will create services for women victims of violence within rural institutions such as police departments and health clinics.
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