Equifonía, Colectivo por la Ciudadanía, Autonomía y Libertad de las Mujeres AC was founded in 2008 by a diverse group of women’s rights activists. They evaluate institutional services available to survivors of sexual violence to ensure that access to health and justice is realized, with special focus on access to safe abortion, particularly for survivors of sexual violence.
National surveys in Mexico indicate that only 12% of survivors of sexual violence seeking medical care file a formal complaint. Furthermore, only 23% of filed cases of rape are actually taken to court.
As part of a new initiative, Equifonía plans to carry out visits to hospitals and interview survivors of sexual violence and medical health professionals in order to assess the skills of health professionals and the infrastructure available to comprehensively support women in situations of sexual violence. From their findings, Equifonía intends to develop resources that can be used in advocacy efforts aimed at improving the services available to women in their community.