Here are some terms used in Honduran society:
- Machismo: attitudes of men being strong and unemotional, while women are vulnerable and needy.
- Marianismo: a pattern of behaviour that is regarded as conforming to a traditional or archetypal female role; female submissiveness.
- Femicides: the killing of a woman or girl, in particular by a man and on account of her gender. Every 18 hours, a woman is killed in Honduras.
Domestic Violence happens every year: 20,000+ reports of domestic violence.
Sexual Abuses: every year, 30,000+ cases of rapes are reported in Honduras.
Sexual Harassment: especially in the streets: men making whistles, saying expressions and others to women walking by, which are usually colloquial expressions apparently attempting to flatter feminine beauty but with the seldom purpose of proving manhood to other men. This usually happens only when there is a group of men, not individually.
Symbolic power: includes actions that have discriminatory or injurious meaning or implications, such as gender dominance.
All of this is gradually changing in Honduras, and younger generations are changing mentalities. Many men are realising there needs to be gender equality in a thriving nation. This is a very slow process, maybe happening a bit faster in cities than rural areas but progressing overall.