PARA! Women free from violence

The project aims to work together with people of rural communities, with institutions and local authorities. We aim to raise awareness on the causes that produce violence and offer women the opportunity to achieve economic independence.

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Beneficiaries (*)

Local partners
  • Colectivo de Mujeres 8 de Marzo - CM8M;
  • Puntos de Encuentro
  • Instituto de Investigacion y Desarrollo de la Universitad Centroamericana Nitlapan;
Funding agencies


Starting date

February 2017

Implementation period

36 months

In Nicaragua, despite the presence of numerous applicable laws, combating violence against women and their lack of access to economic resources have not been a priority for the State. In many cases there is a wide gap between existing national laws and practices: this element that makes it even more complex, especially in rural and remote areas of the country, the elimination of violence and discrimination. According to the latest available official data (Statistical Yearbook 2014), there have been 15,458 cases of crimes against life, physical integrity and personal safety. About 20% of these crimes occurred in the departments of Matagalpa and Jinotega. In addition, in 2014 the offenses for domestic/sexual violence made up over 90% of cases. 62% of women victims are aged between 16 and 35 years, 55% of aggressors are spouses or former spouses. Very often the violence occurs in the home and in most cases the victims do not report the incident. The violence also impacts on the economy: the labor market is characterized by strong gender discrimination. Even when women have the same characteristics of men (number of years of education and education, age or occupation) they perceive a lower income for the mere fact of being women. The planned measures primarily aim to break those social schemes that induce violent and discriminatory behavior. The intent is to create a cultural and social change, through three components: prevention, awareness and economic independence as a means of improving the quality of life of women and for their active development within the society.

The general objective is to participate in the achievement of Objective 5 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: ensuring gender equality and improve the living conditions of women and girls, promoting human rights and eliminating all forms of violence.

The specific objective is to create a cultural change in the Municipalities of Muy Muy, Dario City, Waslala and Santa Maria di Pantasma promoting the empowerment of rural women.

  • Analysis of the situation in the 4 Municipalities concerned;
  • Training for identified groups and realization of workshops on primary care, violence prevention and personal protection of women;
  • Implementation of activities to facilitate the access to justice and the support for victims of violence;
  • 105 sessions of assistance;
  • 3 exchange of experiences between Community Defenders, authorities and women who manage to get out of the violence;
  • Promotion of the economic sustainability of protected Tree House Amewas de Waslala;
  • To develop and implement a campaign of awareness and prevention, and for violence against women and discrimination;
  • To develop social communication activities with the involvement of the groups;
  • 32 economic empowerment training workshops and 32 workshops on administrative and sales training;
  • 24 workshops on labor rights and the law 717;
  • To encourage the economic sustainability of the initiatives undertaken by women;
  • To encourage the marketing of products made by women;
  • 36 workshops on the formation of Rural Community coffers;
  • Competition: Capital semilla por la equidad Cascading (Grant).


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