Presentation on Women, Peace and Security for the SCFAID

Author
Bill Fairbairn
 Hands raised in acknowledgement of the support the Sepur Zarco women felt, and in victory.Credit: EPA

Bill Fairbairn, Inter Pares Program Manager, Latin America, testified before the parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on April 12th, 2016, during its study on women, peace and security. 

Although most of the region's armed conflicts have ended, levels of violence in general and violence against women in particular remain extremely high in Latin America. Indeed, 'femicide', the crime of murdering females because of their gender, is a leading cause of death among young women in countries including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

In his testimony, Bill shared some developments from the region that highlight the importance of enhanced support to the women, peace and security agenda, and presented five recommendations to the committee.