Refuse to share a pencil, reject a boy, say no to your imprisoned dad — all of these can get a teen girl killed in El Salvador’s gang war.
Central America has the highest homicide rates in the Western Hemisphere, with violence being embedded into political and social institutions and norms (see this map to analyze the spatial patterns–see crime rate tabs). Navigating this cultural status quo leads to incredibly difficult situations for young people, and especially girls, trying to gain stable employment and plan for a safe, secure future. This is a very sobering article/podcast, with some graphic materials. This podcast is the first in the new series, #15Girls, exploring global health issue for teenage girls.