Institute for International
Cooperation and Development Studies

Workshop-meeting with women survivors of sexual violence during the war in El Salvador

Date: 2024 February 14

In January, the Centro Cultural de Las Dignas (San Salvador) hosted a workshop-meeting with women survivors of sexual violence during the war in El Salvador. Ten women victims who initiated a first complaint in 2018 demanding justice from the Attorney General’s Office of the republic participated in this activity.

They shared the most important milestones and progress in the investigation stage for the building of the case, as well as the difficulties encountered in the Salvadoran justice system, in addition to others related to the family and community environment.

This meeting space contributed to affirming the group’s legitimacy with regard to the judicial strategy, as well as the identification of agreements focused on strengthening the process in a comprehensive manner.

Round table on regulations and jurisprudence related to sexual violence

As a complement to this meeting, a discussion was held entitled “Feminist perspectives on the field of action of the justice system in relation to sexual violence in the armed conflict in El Salvador”. Participants included groups from the feminist movement, human rights groups, female war veterans and female researchers from the University of El Salvador and independent researchers.

Both activities were co-organised by the feminist association Las Dignas, the Centro para la Promoción de los Derechos Humanos Madeleine Lagadec and the Hegoa Institute, with the collaboration of the Ilustre Colegio de la Abogacía de Bizkaia (ICAB).

Women who made claims of sexual violence during the war in El Salvador (San Salvador, January 2024).

For more information you can consult the project information sheet “Building a legal strategy with a gender approach for women victims of sexual violence during the armed conflict in El Salvador” and the news item about the Collaborative Central American Meeting on Forced Disappearance, held in January 2024 in the Central American country.