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WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICA ARE MURDERED AT RECORD HIGH RATES

WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICA ARE MURDERED AT RECORD HIGH RATES
In Latin America, violence against women and girls is pervasive. 

 According to a November 2017 United Nations Development Program Report, Latin America has the highest rate in the world of gender-based sexual violence against women, and in Central America two of every three women killed are victims of femicide.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean found that on average 12 women are murdered a day across the region. 

The acceptance of violence against women is linked to the culture of machismo in Latin America:. 

Recent report by Oxfam surveyed young people aged 15 to 25 from eight Latin American and Caribbean countries and found that machismo is tolerated by many young people in the region, with 86% of the young people surveyed believing their friends would not intervene if a friend hit his girlfriend. This normalization of violence against women has grave consequences for women and girls.

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According to the United Nations, as many as 98% of the cases of femicide and violence against women and girls in Latin America went unpunished in 2016.

Laws and practices to convict perpetrators of femicide are still extremely weak in Latin America and the patriarchal system of inequality and social exclusion remains high in areas of high concentration of poverty and in conflict zones. 

Although countries have enacted laws to address violence against women and proper criminal procedures for the murder of women, implementation is still spotty, with few international organizations vested with the resources and authority to properly oversee the effort.

02-Jan-2019

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