Country / Region profile of: Honduras

Women peace activists in Honduras played a significant part in the non-violent protest movement of the military coup d'etat in 2009; a movement that was met with brutal suppression by the military and policy. Following the coup, the incidence of abuse and sexual violence against women greatly increased, especially against women who were part of the protest movement and in the demonstrations or in detention. Ironically, even the new female Minister of Women appointed by the defacto government called in the military to beat feminists participating in peaceful rallies. Honduras ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1983 and is ranked 55 out of 144 listed countries in the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2017. In regards to disarmament, Honduras voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 25 September 2013, but has not yet ratified it. In October 2017, Honduras participated in the Open Debate and gave a statement affirming support for WPS but made no specific commitments. Honduras did not make any financial commitment to the WPS Agenda and does not have a NAP; however, in 2017 Honduras spent $363.3 million on the military. In 2015 Honduran feminist activist, Gladys Lanza, was convicted for defending a woman who accused a Honduran government official of sexual harassment. Despite cases like hers, Honduran women continue to rally for justice and human rights and for a development approach with a gender focus.

“Women are playing a different role in society, breaking the traditional order.” - Daysi Flores


$ 363,600,000
Military expenditure
Honduras spends USD$363,600,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
This amount could meaningfully contribute to reforestation initiatives strengthening women's sustainable environments
NAP 1325
Honduras does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments