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.
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.