Pushed to the Edge, Women Head to the Border

Rampant violence against women in El Salvador spurred the country to enact the world’s only law against “femicide suicide”—denoting women abused to the point of taking their own lives.

In the first half of 2018, 51 of 285 femicides fell into this category. Most of the cases were women under 24.  

But the law’s thrust is weakened by fearful prosecutors, corruption and normalization of violence against women.

The danger of being a woman in El Salvador—where patriarchal social structures and embedded gang culture fuel gender-based violence—is driving scores of women to the US border, where their chances of being granted asylum are increasingly uncertain.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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