The most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of
women in the world.

Latest items for El Salvador

Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"So what happened when abortion was outlawed in El Salvador? The evidence shows us that three things occurred: (1) abortion remained commonplace and rates did not drop even though it was illegal; (2) doctors become involved in law enforcement; and (3) innocent women were accused and convicted of abortion-related crimes. These three systems—the black market, health care, and criminal justice—all yield measurable consequences of the ban on abortion" (para 3). "Perhaps the most surprising thing about banning abortion is what doesn’t happen when abortion becomes a crime. Abortion does not go away. Indeed, the rates of abortion in countries with the most restrictive abortion laws are higher. This is true...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"When abortion is illegal, it is unsafe. In El Salvador, scores of women die every year from illegal abortions. They aren’t the daughters of the elite, whose money helps them find safe, private ways to end their unwanted pregnancies. They are the women who live far from cities, in cinder-block homes with dirt floors and no running water. They are the women who continue to use coat hangers in the age of the Internet because they cannot afford to purchase abortion drugs online. In addition, banning abortion changes the lives of girls, who, because they cannot get an abortion, become mothers as teenagers. El Salvador has one of the highest...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The law will catch women who arouse their doctor’s suspicion. In El Salvador, the women accused of abortion are among the poorest women in the country. They seldom know the doctors they meet at the public hospitals where they get care. And in most cases, their doctors understand very little about them. Their doctors don’t know anyone who lives as these women do—with outhouses, dirt floors, no running water. These women are so poor and marginal that their doctors find it hard to understand their responses to crisis. Their world is so unfamiliar that it becomes possible for doctors, and later prosecutors and judges, to project their own fears onto...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"In El Salvador, having a child at age fourteen isn’t simply a cause for shame in the eyes of a religious community. It also increases the odds of a life lived in crushing poverty, of marginal education and employment, of vulnerability to the violence and chaos that scores the lives of the poorest Salvadorans" (para 48).
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

"…Government statistics reveal that three out of eight maternal deaths in El Salvador are the result of suicide among pregnant girls under nineteen..." (para 49).
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In 1998, El Salvador passed a law banning abortion under all circumstances. Until that point, abortion was illegal except in cases involving risks to maternal life, severe fetal anomaly, and rape or incest. Since then, El Salvador has worked to enforce its ban, mounting an intensive effort to identify and prosecute those who violate the law..." (para 1). "If the first thing that happened when El Salvador banned abortion was the proliferation of illegal, black-market abortions, the second thing that happened was that doctors were enlisted in the law enforcement effort. The overwhelming majority of abortion cases in El Salvador begin in the hospital, with a doctor’s hunch that his...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"When abortion is illegal, it is unsafe. In El Salvador, scores of women die every year from illegal abortions. They aren’t the daughters of the elite, whose money helps them find safe, private ways to end their unwanted pregnancies. They are the women who live far from cities, in cinder-block homes with dirt floors and no running water. They are the women who continue to use coat hangers in the age of the Internet because they cannot afford to purchase abortion drugs online. In addition, banning abortion changes the lives of girls, who, because they cannot get an abortion, become mothers as teenagers. El Salvador has one of the highest...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In El Salvador, and throughout Latin America, women find easy access to illegal abortion drugs via the Internet...Even in a poor country like El Salvador, almost everyone has a smartphone and, provided they have money and time, can go online to purchase the drugs that will end an unwanted pregnancy. To be sure, illegal abortion remains risky. Whether they use drugs or other means to terminate their pregnancies, many women experience complications from illegal abortion that necessitate medical attention. In Latin America, complications from illegal abortion constitute the leading cause of mortality in young women" (para 11-12). Despite illegality, self-inducing an abortion is a commonly accepted approach among women. (JLR-CODER...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, SUICIDE-DATA-1

"In El Salvador, having a child at age fourteen isn’t simply a cause for shame in the eyes of a religious community. It also increases the odds of a life lived in crushing poverty, of marginal education and employment, of vulnerability to the violence and chaos that scores the lives of the poorest Salvadorans. Some girls, faced with that prospect, opt to kill themselves. Government statistics reveal that three out of eight maternal deaths in El Salvador are the result of suicide among pregnant girls under nineteen. Many of these girls have suffered rape and sexual abuse, and are silenced by the shame of these humiliations, in addition to the...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"...Because abortions are illegal, it is hard to get a complete picture of how women obtain them in El Salvador. What is clear beyond a doubt is that the advent of abortion drugs has completely altered illegal abortion" (para 7). "In El Salvador, and throughout Latin America, women find easy access to illegal abortion drugs via the Internet...Even in a poor country like El Salvador, almost everyone has a smartphone and, provided they have money and time, can go online to purchase the drugs that will end an unwanted pregnancy. To be sure, illegal abortion remains risky. Whether they use drugs or other means to terminate their pregnancies, many women...more
Sept. 13, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Angola, Bahamas, Brunei, Burkina Faso, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Djibouti, El Salvador, Estonia, Germany, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Laos, Madagascar, North Korea, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Uruguay
Variables: LRW-SCALE-12

2.0
July 12, 2021, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

In Central America, high levels of gender-based violence have been a major driver of migration towards the United States for years. But since the start of the pandemic, countries such as El Salvador have seen a 70 percent rise in reports of such violence.
July 6, 2021, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"According to a 2017 national survey, two-thirds of Salvadoran women over the age of 15 have experienced violence, but only 6% have ever reported it" (para 11).
July 6, 2021, 7:31 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1

"Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador reported an increase in intrafamily violence, with El Salvador reporting an increase in intrafamily femicides as well" (para 9).
July 6, 2021, 7:29 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador reported an increase in intrafamily violence" (para 9).
July 6, 2021, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"El Salvador alone has seen a 70% increase in gender-based violence since the beginning of the pandemic. And lockdowns have forced vulnerable individuals to stay in close proximity to their perpetrators" (para 9).
July 2, 2021, 11:44 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador, Honduras
Variables: MURDER-DATA-5

"Honduras and El Salvador saw some of the highest incidences of femicide within Latin America in 2019, at rates of 6.2 and 3.3 per 100,000, respectively" (para 8).
June 18, 2021, 4:17 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment and establishes sentences if convicted of five to eight years’ imprisonment...[T]he government, however, did not enforce sexual harassment laws effectively" (pg 19).
June 18, 2021, 4:16 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Salvadoran men usually don’t harass you. But when you’re blond, you might attract some attention. They will try to talk to you in English, but for some, that’s more part of the experience traveling in El Salvador. In general, Salvadoran men are respectful" (para 16).
June 15, 2021, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nicaragua, North Korea, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uruguay
Variables: PW-SCALE-1

0.0
June 10, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"The endemic violence that remains despite the end of the civil war, gave rise to gangs ('maras') that extort residents and terrorise neighbourhoods. They recruit children using barbaric initiation rituals, and abuse women, girls, and LGBT people. Security forces have not been very effective protecting the population so far, and they also have used a violent approach, including secret executions, torture and enforced disappearances" (para 5).
June 10, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"In March, The Center for Reproductive Rights, together with the Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto and el Colectivo Feminista have worked to expose the consequences of El Salvador’s abortion ban. They have filed two cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of nine women who had serious pregnancy complications and were wrongfully imprisoned" (para 2). "I have approached Sara García, Salvadoran feminist, activist, human rights fighter, and spokeswoman for the Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalizacion del Aborto, also known as 'Las 17'" (para 7). "'Agrupación Ciudadana' took off in 2009 after Karina Clímaco was freed. She was sentenced to thirty years in prison for the...more
June 10, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1

"El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America and has one of the worst rates of femicide in the world, according to the United Nations" (para 3).
June 10, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, DV-DATA-1

"Whereas 67% of Salvadoran women said they have suffered some form of violence (e.g., sexual assault, abuse by family members), only 6% have reported abuse to authorities" (para 4).
June 10, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In Latin America, not many countries give women the right to decide about their bodies. Most of them penalise the decision of terminating an unwanted pregnancy. In fact, the exceptions are, Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico City and Oaxaca (Mexican state), Guyana, French Guiana and, very recently, Argentina. The abortion ban in El Salvador, in particular, has terrible consequences for women" (para 1). "In this interview, we will focus on one of the so many injustices that Salvadoran women are suffering, the draconian abortion law that prevents women from accessing abortion under any circumstance—not even in cases of rape, incest, or to save a woman’s life. More than 25 women are in...more
June 10, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"There are nearly 25 women who have been criminalised and are being processed for the Salvadorean abortion ban. They have suffered obstetric emergencies, such as unassisted premature births or spontaneous abortions. We are following their cases and accompanying them and their families, as many of them are mothers and their children are left alone suffering their mothers’ absence. At the moment, we have proposed commutations of their sentences, and there are still some open cases. Also, in the pandemic we are following the habeas corpus strategy (requirement that an arrested person be brought before a judge or court before being detained or imprisoned) and fighting for the freedom of 14...more
June 10, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In March, The Center for Reproductive Rights, together with the Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto and el Colectivo Feminista have worked to expose the consequences of El Salvador’s abortion ban. They have filed two cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of nine women who had serious pregnancy complications and were wrongfully imprisoned" (para 2). "In fact, in 1993, El Salvador became the first country in Latin America to instate the Day of the Right to Be Born, on the 28th of December" (para 12). "'Agrupación Ciudadana' took off in 2009 after Karina Clímaco was freed. She was sentenced to thirty years in prison for...more
June 7, 2021, 6 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ATC-DATA-3

"Upon signature: Upon ratification of the Convention, the Government of El Salvador will make the reservation provided for in article 29. Upon ratification: Reservation: With reservation as to the application of the provision of article 29, paragraph 1" (para 22).
May 24, 2021, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"In 2020, 100% of births in El Salvador were attended by skilled health personnele" (p 43).
May 24, 2021, 2:08 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ISTD-DATA-3

"In 2018, there were .11 new HIV infections per 1,000 uninfected population in El Salvador" (p 43).