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Women march with during a protest against corruption, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dec. 4, 2016 (AP photo by Silvia Izquierdo).

Brazil Needs to Pay More Than Just Lip Service to Women’s Rights

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the status of women’s rights and gender equality in various countries around the world.

On New Year’s Eve, a man broke into a house in southeastern Brazil and shot and killed his ex-wife, their son and 10 other people, before taking his own life. The incident was a particularly shocking example of the rampant violence against women in Brazil, where disturbing cases of gender-based violence are a near-daily occurrence. In an email interview, Sueann Caulfield, an associate professor at the University of Michigan, discusses women’s rights in Brazil. ...

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