Latin America’s Uneven Response to Growing Violence Against Women

People demonstrate against violence against women outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 3, 2015 (AP photo by Natacha Pisarenko).
People demonstrate against violence against women outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 3, 2015 (AP photo by Natacha Pisarenko).

Earlier this month, lawmakers in Uruguay announced they were working on legislation that would classify femicide—the gender-motivated killing of women—as a crime. In an email interview, Patricia Leidl, a Vancouver-based international communications adviser, discussed government responses to crime against women across Latin America. WPR: What has prompted the recent public outcry against violence against women in Latin America? Patricia Leidl: The “recent” outcry over violence against Latin American women is in fact not recent at all. Since the early 1990s, human and women’s rights defenders have been raising the alarm over steadily climbing rates of gender-based violence in Mexico, El […]

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