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Honduran Femicide

Honduras, the deadliest place to be a woman

Every 36 hours, a woman dies in Honduras, making the county one of the world’s deadliest places to be a woman. Honduras has the highest rate of female homicide in Latin America. In 2021, more than 240 women died violently.

The murder of Honduran beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister in 2014 highlighted the crisis and drew international headlines. Unfortunately, cases involving ordinary women keep going unnoticed. Many women and their families flee Honduras searching for a safer life abroad. Others join gangs and take part in violence. Very few fight for women’s rights despite numerous risks.

Gang violence is widespread in Honduras, with occasional passersby coming under fire. It can be dangerous to simply cross the border between two gangs’ territories. The documentary explores female homicide in Honduras using the words of local women. A female gang member tells why she joined a gang and her daily responsibilities. Heartbroken parents guess who killed their daughter in the dead of night. Honduran feminists explain why they choose not to leave the country and help other women who experienced violence feel safer and more hopeful.