People attend the wake for a victim of domestic violence in San Salvador

Source: Reuters - Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:15 PM
Author: REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez
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People attend a wake for Silvia Dinora Rivera in the market stall where she used to work with her mother, in La Libertad in San Salvador June 22, 2013. Rivera was 37 years old when her husband tied her to a chair, poured gasoline over her and set fire to the house. She later died in the hospital. Central America encompasses some of the countries with the world's highest rates of femicide, defined as the murder of a woman for reasons connected with her gender. El Salvador has the highest incidence of femicide in the world, and Guatemala has the third highest rate, according to a study published by the NGO, The Academic Council on the United Nations System. According to UN Women, in Honduras femicide is thought to be the second most common cause of death among women of reproductive age. The organisation also states that an average of two women are murdered every day in Guatemala. November 25 marks the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Picture taken June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez