Tougher Law for Crimes Against Women in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s President announced during International Women’s Day that she was signing into law a bill to toughen legislation on domestic abuse and crimes against women. The new femicide (killing of women because of gender) law will carry sentences of twelve to thirty years for those convicted of the crime. If the victim is pregnant, under fourteen years old or over sixty, or has a disability, the sentence could be thirty percent higher.

“Nearly fifteen women are killed per day in Brazil. Their deaths are due to the fact . . .

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