Paloma Faith - Paloma Faith Visits Honduras To Witness Plight Of Women
British singer Paloma Faith has travelled to Honduras to highlight the plight of women living in one of the most dangerous countries in the world.
The pop star risked her own safety to travel to the Central American nation, where drug violence is endemic and murder rates stand at 85 homicides for every 100,000 people.
As part of a trip organised by Oxfam, she met women affected by domestic violence, including one whose husband had chopped her arms off with a machete, and Faith was shocked by the lack of justice available for female victims.
Speaking to U.K. morning show Daybreak, she says, "It's a very dangerous place... particularly for women. It's a very patriarchal culture and there is kind of a lot of injustices. Obviously, there is a domestic violence problem all over the world but in this particular place it's more severe because the justice system is not in favour of women either, so if they go and complain they face other problems, like being flirted with by the police or feeling sexually threatened by the police, or just having evidence sabotaged or having proper cases that make it to court.
"There is so little justice people spoke of being approached by hired assassins to get justice. An example of how one-sided the system is is a woman who has an abortion would probably face a sentence of five to 10 years in prison while a man who beats up his own wife would get a maximum of three months community service."
Oxfam workers are now working on creating community groups to offer support to women in the country.