Most studies of violence and conflict usually focus on political motivations. But the ubiquity of gender-based violence in many if not most societies has pushed it into the analysis of patterns and trends in violence more broadly, as a new study of conflict in 14 Asian countries makes clear.
Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Around the World
On the surface, Latin America may look like an exception to rising gender-based violence and femicide around the world, given the region’s ratification of international conventions to protect women. Yet too many Latin American states are lagging behind in actually implementing these measures at home.
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.