Amnesty International stands alongside women and girls in Nicaragua this International Women’s Day. Amnesty International supports the women’s movement demand to end sexual violence against women and girls. Together we are calling on the Nicaraguan authorities to eradicate rape and widespread sexual abuse of girls.
According to police statistics, between 1998 and 2008, more than 14,000 cases were reported. Two thirds of the victims were under the age of 17.
Amnesty International research has shown that young victims of rape and sexual abuse demand that their right to be free from sexual violence is protected by the Nicaraguan government, and that they are supported so they can overcome the physical and psychological trauma caused by such acts of violence. This is Nicaragua’s obligation under national and international law.
With regards to these obligations under international law to protect the rights of women and girls, five UN expert committees have highlighted the problem and repeatedly asked the government to take action on violence against women and girls, without clear results to date.