[ View the story "#NiUnaMenos: Tackling femicide in Latin America" on Storify] #NiUnaMenos: Tackling femicide in Latin America 'Not one less' movement against gender-based violence resonates with the region.
The Stream· Thu, Jul 30 2015 16:49:11
Mexican activists recently
protests against rampant domestic violence and the high rates of gender-based violence, commonly known to some as femicide. To address this violence, the Mexican government
its first "gender alert" for the State of Mexico, where more than 2,300 women have been
in the past nine years.
On average, six women are
every day in Mexico, according to the National Citizen Femicide Observatory, a Mexican non-government organisation. According to the same group, more than 98 per cent of these murders go unpunished.
Femicide is a worldwide problem with a particular concentration in Latin America and the Caribbean, where more than half the 25 countries with the highest
of femicide are located. It is believed that half the world's gender-based murders occur in the region.
Protests over violence against women have not been limited to Mexico though. Following the May
of a 14-year-old pregnant girl, hundreds of thousands
violence against women in Buenos Aires and other cities across Argentina.
La Casa del Encuentro ,
a local NGO, estimates a woman is killed every 30 hours in Argentina.
Online, women and their allies across Latin America have shared
(Not One Less) to raise awareness and muster support.
We demand justice for Gabi and for the 79 womans that were victim of machismo this year in Jalisco #niunamenos #gabrieladijono #niunamas✨papá melanina✨
@MERTXIKA: " The #NiUnaMenos movement is a reflection of a society that doesn't want to see more women killed, that is fed up..."
"El movimiento #Niunamenos es el reflejo de una sociedad que no quiere ver más mujeres asesinadas, que está harta...
Following the protests in Argentina, activists in
held similar demonstrations demanding government action to reduce the rate of femicide.
#NiUnaMenos @riffoximena @CoordinadoraFem @PanyRosasChile @rvfradiopopular @RebeldePrenssa Funa 26/07 catedral Stgo!
At least 14 countries in the region have laws that explicitly define "femicide" as a distinct form of gender-based murder. These laws, however, are difficult to effectively
. Some say this is due to widespread "machismo" culture and a history of impunity for such crimes.
The Stream's online community weighed in on causes of the problem and steps that should be taken to quell the rates of femicide:
@SoniaAnanti Failing States, impunity, growing of male unemployment, criminal economy on the rise, authoritarian political/gender regime.Sofía Montenegro
@AJStream #VaW is structural/systematic & part of a wider social culture of violence (institutional, governmental, political, etc).Claudia Stellar
@SoniaAnanti male dominance in relationships and women basically failing to stand up for then selves in such situationsCalvin Nyth
@SoniaAnanti @AJStream we still face slavemaster's society, a cultural heritage, reflected in the feminicide, as well as black young maleVitor Pordeus MD
What do you think should be done to quell the trend in #femicides in Latin America? Share your thoughts with us.