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Women, Mental Health and El Salvador: Journalists Bring Reporting to Northwestern Medill

A crime scene is investigated and documented as a femicide in September 2018. El Salvador, a country smaller than New Jersey in size and population, has the highest femicide rate in Latin America. Image by Almudena Toral. El Salvador, 2018.

A crime scene is investigated and documented as a femicide in September 2018. El Salvador, a country smaller than New Jersey in size and population, has the highest femicide rate in Latin America. Image by Almudena Toral. El Salvador, 2018.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 9:00AM to Friday, November 15, 2019 - 1:30PM
Medill School of Journalism
1845 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

Journalists Almudena Toral and Patricia Clarembaux bring their reporting on women's health and suicide rates in El Salvador to Campus Consortium partner Northwestern Medill School of Journalism for a two-day visit on Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15, 2019.

In their reporting Toral and Clarembaux found that suicide represents 57 percent of the cause of death among girls 10-19 years old in El Salvador, the second mortality cause in that group. It is also the fourth cause of death among women 20-49 years old. 

Lack of access to abortion is part of the problem, but not the only contributing factor to high rate of suicide. Sexual violence, even in one’s home, stigma, and gang violence make for a troubled formula in a setting of impunity. Toral and Clarembaux will explore these issues from their reporting during their visit with Northwestern Medill students and faculty.

Ann Peters, university and community outreach director at the Pulitzer Center, participates in the visit to share information about the Campus Consortium network and the reporting fellowship opportunities for students to cover underreported global stories.