Honduras is a country that, within Latin America, has one of the highest rates of violence in general. In Honduras, it is reported that 35% of women face domestic violence and 10-15% sexual violence. Through the IHSLAC Project, PAHO and Canada are collaborating to empower women and prevent domestic violence through joint efforts with local and national government and health professionals.
Yamaranguila and the surrounding area is home to a large Lenca indigenous population. While some people live directly in the town of Yamaranguila, others live more remotely in the valley surrounded by mountains. The Canada Project has prioritized domestic violence as a component of its health work in the Yamaranguila municipality and surrounding communities.
Many women do not talk about their experiences with domestic violence and have nowhere to turn. The work of the Canada Project involves partnering with the communities, empowering women, and encouraging dialogue to reduce violence against women. Discussions about domestic violence are included in community meetings as part of the project and touch on a range of health topics.