Alarming Record of Women’s Murders in Latin America

A study by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC) on November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, shows the extent of this form of violence in the region.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - At least 3,287 women were murdered in Latin America in 2018. ECLAC's Executive Secretary, Alician Bárcena, explained that femicides are only the tip of the iceberg of rampant violence against women: "The figures show how much patriarchy, discrimination and violence are part of the culture in the region," she said.

Femicide is the deliberate killing of women and girls, often because of their gender.

Femicides are mostly committed by men. They differ from homicides, in that these acts are often committed by partners or ex-partners. Before that, women are usually exposed to . . .

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