Law 779: Addressing Violence Against Women in Nicaragua

The Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service

Violence against women is a pervasive problem throughout the world, and global attention to the issue is prompting some nations to take action. This attention to such a critical women’s health and human rights topic could not be more timely considering the push-back occurring in Nicaragua against the national Law 779 which went into effect on June 22, 2012. (El Nuevo Diario, 2013; Red de Mujeres Contra la Violencia, 2012). Law 779 strengthens the protection of victims and creates an avenue for women to seek justice in such cases of violence against women. (Amnesty International, 2013; El Presidente de la República de Nicaragua, 2013). Nations seeking to adopt similar legislation should look at the successes and challenges of implementing Law 779 in Nicaragua.