Country Key Figures
The COVID-19 pandemic and hurricanes Eta and Iota worsened the longstanding multidimensional crises in Honduras and weakened the coping capacity of the State and communities. As inequality and violence are on the rise, access to basic services is shrinking, with growing displacement and migration, soaring poverty, worsening nutrition and increasing food insecurity. Vulnerable populations such as women, children, informal workers, indigenous and Afro-descendant people as well as people with disabilities are among the most affected. Approximately, 30 percent of the people with protection needs in the country are children and adolescents, while 61 percent are women only. The deterioration of humanitarian conditions in the country has generated an increase in protection risks, especially in relation to the different forms of violence – including gender-based violence – and violations of rights associated to organized crime and the social control it exercises over communities and territories. As a result of the confinement measures decreed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Gender- Based Violence in Honduras increased 50% compared to previous years -according to the National Emergency System 911. Expression of hatred in women and girls’ bodies were also intensified, while making visible the high number of femicides registered during this period. In addition to this, a greater number of women, adolescents, and girls in situations of human mobility, including situations of forced displacement, due to violence and poverty, have also been observed. The impact of storms Eta and Iota increased the risk factors and the vulnerability of women, girls and LGBTIQ+ people, increasing the levels of gender-based violence and deepening the gap in access to services and its quality, as well as the loss of livelihoods.