Why El Salvador’s women are choosing suicide


In addition to having the highest rate of homicide in the world, El Salvador also has one of the highest rates of violence against women.

Victims of domestic abuse and rape there have little recourse – or hope of escape – from a society dominated by gang culture, machismo, and violent agression towards women.

It’s no surprise then that many women in El Salvador have sought a more permanent solution. Suicide.

Hello, I’m Anand Naidoo. Welcome to The Heat Podcast.

With us to talk about the plight of women in El Salvador is CGTN’s own Nitza Soledad Perez. She recently produced a story for our program – America’s Now – which explores the lives of Salvadoran women trapped in an endless cycle of abuse and despair – and what – if anything – can be done about it.

Nitza’s story for Americas Now: