Violence against women and girls in El Salvador remains prevalent and pervasive, with the number of murders on the rise and kidnappings, sexual assaults and sexual harassment all too frequent, an independent United Nations human rights expert has warned. Rashida Manjoo, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, wrapped up a three-day visit to El Salvador at the weekend by stressing that the Central American country still faces “significant challenges” in dealing with gender-based violence. “Of particular concern to me is the growing prevalence and forms of such violence, especially the alarming rise in the numbers of murders of women and girls and the brutality inflicted on their bodies, which is often accompanied by kidnapping and sexual assault,” she said in a statement. Manjoo expressed concern that the violence against women and girls is taking place in so many different settings. (U.N. News Service)

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