Russia recently passed a law to reduce the punishment for domestic violence, ostensibly to prevent the separation of families over false charges of abuse. Critics argue the move will lead to impunity for abusers. In an email interview, Ira Kosterina discusses women’s rights and gender equality in Russia.
China passed its first law against domestic violence in 2015, but a key part of the legislation—issuing restraining orders against abusers—has not been properly implemented, putting women at risk. In an email interview, the University of Kent’s Andrea den Boer discusses women’s rights in China.
On New Year’s Eve, a man in southeastern Brazil shot and killed his ex-wife, their son and 10 other people, before taking his own life. The incident was the latest example of the rampant violence against women in Brazil. In an email interview, Sueann Caulfield discusses women’s rights in Brazil.