In Honduras, the gap between rich and poor is wide. Nearly 40 percent of Hondurans live in extreme poverty. Corruption is widespread, as is impunity. Violence and crime are major problems. Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Human rights defenders are particularly vulnerable, and environmental activists defending the right to land against large companies are threatened and killed.
In Honduras, Diakonia works to strengthen human rights, for democracy and social and economic justice and to increase equality.
Human rights: Diakonia protects human rights defenders by strengthening their position and ensuring that human rights violations are brought up by international courts. We defend freedom of expression and the right to protect natural resources.
Gender equality: Diakonia strengthens women’s organizations and feminist groups that fight violence against women, work for sexual and reproductive rights, for the rights of LGBTQI people and women’s political and economic participation.
Social and economic justice: Diakonia supports associations of farmers, especially young people and women, with the aim of reducing rural poverty. We work for self-sufficiency and to reduce the risks associated with climate change and natural disasters.
Democracy: We work for increased transparency and democracy, with active participants.
Read more about our work in Honduras
Support for women exposed to sexual violenceSince mid-March, curfews and lockdown have been in place in Honduras. We are now seeing that violence against women, particularly sexual violence, has increased. Diakonia provides support to women who have been...
Cyberactivism – defending women’s rights with new technology“We’re always scared. There’s no safety for us women. We don’t live in freedom because we can’t go out when it’s dark. There’s a lot of sexual violence out on the streets and a great deal of violence in the...
They raise the profile of the struggle in HondurasDespite a tougher climate and the fact that democratic development in Honduras and the world is moving backwards, Diakonia’s partner organization CDM continues to fight for women’s rights. “This is a lifelong...
Nature is our best friendIn La Cuchilla, in the mountains of northern Honduras, a group of farmers has come together. They’ve all taken part in Diakonia partner organizations OCDIH’s and CASM’s courses in organic farming, and it’s now...
Micro-businesses inspire hope in the youngHonduras is the country in the world with the highest number of murders per inhabitant. The violence particularly affects young people, as there are so few jobs and the gang culture is strong. Every year,...