From March 13 to 17, 2023, the UNODC-INEGI Center of Excellence (CdE) visited Honduras, one of the countries that will participate in the pilot for the implementation of the “Statistical framework for measuring the gender-related killing of women and girls ( also referred to as “femicide/feminicide”), which was approved by the United Nations Statistical Commission in March 2022.
Together with the UN Women Global Center of Excellence in Gender Statistics, who participated virtually, UNODC announced the Statistical Framework in an awareness meeting with the most relevant institutions for the collection of statistical information on femicide in the country. As a result, the Secretary of Security, the National Police, the General Directorate of Forensic Medicine, the Public Ministry, the National Institute of Statistics, the National Registry of Persons, and the National Observatory of Violence UNAH-IUDPAS adopted the commitment to work towards the adoption of this international standard in the Honduran statistical system. This work will be coordinated by the Technical Unit for Inter-institutional Coordination of the Ministry of Security, who lead the work of integration and validation of information in the country.
In addition to the awareness meeting, during the visit the CoE also held technical workshops with the National Police, the General Directorate of Forensic Medicine, and the National Violence Observatory, in order to learn about the data collection and recording process, as well as the tools they have to carry out these activities. These institutions highlighted the need for quality statistics to standardize information and improve decision-making in that country.
In the coming months, the UNODC-INEGI Center of Excellence will work hand in hand with each institution to monitor the adoption of the Statistical Framework and thereby improve public policy decisions for the prevention of femicide.
The results of the Statistical Framework piloting in Honduras and other countries will be presented by UNODC and UN Women to the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2025. The UNODC-INEGI Center of Excellence is available to support countries in their adoption and implementation.