Online Program

‘‘It Is Better If I Kill Her'': Perceptions and Opinions of Violence Against Women and Femicide in Ocotal, Nicaragua, After Law 779

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Dabney Evans, PhD, MPH, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
The objective of this research is to examine women’s perceptions and opinions of violence against women (VAW) and
femicide in Ocotal, Nicaragua, since the introduction of Law 779, a national law implemented in 2012 meant to eradicate
VAW. From May to June 2014, three focus group discussions were held in Spanish with 17 women from different
neighborhoods within the city of Ocotal. A semistructured discussion guide with open-ended questions was employed to
elucidate local perspectives regarding the themes. The participants viewed VAW as a widespread issue in Ocotal that limits
women’s autonomy. They described the multiple forms that VAW may take, particularly femicide, and also identified
machismo as a primary cause of such violence. Even though Law 779 is meant to eradicate VAW and femicide in
Nicaragua, women in Ocotal perceived that femicide has become more common since the law was implemented. Though
feminist groups have reported a rise in femicide since the implementation of Law 779, more rigorous data are required to
corroborate these claims. Whether or not femicide has actually been increasing in Nicaragua since the introduction of this
law, women’s perceptions of Law 779 provide context for the reported rise in femicide. Additionally, gender-training
programs and other interventions to reduce gender inequality and facilitate open communication between women and their
partners may be needed to enhance the intended impacts of Law 779 and reduce femicide in Nicaragua.

Learning Areas:

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Public health or related education
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Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
describe women's perceptions and opinions of violence against women and femicide in Ocotal, Nicaragaua

Keyword(s): Violence & Injury Prevention, Latinos

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Author of numerous manuscripts on sexual and reproductive health
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.