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This online magazine will be published evey six weeks and started February 1st. 2019. Thank you for your time and interest.

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WOMEN'S DAY 2021

CRYFREEDOM 2019/2020

GLOBAL FEMICIDES
Nov. 2020 untill approx. the end of 2021

Click on the link below to read an article by World Vision:
https://www.worldvision.ca/stories/gender-equality/femicide-a-global-tragedy-no-matter-your-gender

Latin America

United States
To be publisched approx. 30 08 2021

Europe
To be publisched approx. 30 09 2021

Africa
To be publisched approx. 30 10 2021

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This slogan reads: <There will never be walls high enough that can stop organised women from tearing them down>
copyright: REUTERS

LATIN AMERICA:

UN 27 September 2018

<<Deputy UN chief hails ‘political courage’ of Latin American countries ‘to confront and end femicide’.

A 50 million euro investment aimed at helping to end the scourge of femicide – where women and girls are killed just because of their gender – was announced at United Nations Headquarters on Thursday, thanks to the ‘political courage’ of a group of Latin American countries, said the UN deputy chief.
Amina Mohammed was speaking at a high-level event to launch the Spotlight Initiative in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
She described the joint UN-European Union initiative as <a bold and comprehensive response to the tragedies that we see across the world every day>, aimed at ending violence against women and girls.
<These five countries have shown the political courage to confront and end femicide – a crime that claims the lives of 12 women a day, in Latin America,> said the Deputy Secretary-General.

<Given the pervasive, universal, and entrenched nature of violence against women and girls, we knew that we would need to combine our individual efforts if we were to succeed,> she added.

Latin America is home to 14 of the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide in the world and an astonishing 98 per cent of gender-related killings, go unprosecuted.
Ms. Mohammed said that the 50 million Euro investment would help tighten up laws and policy initiatives to curb unchecked violence against women and girls, strengthen institutions and promote gender equality overall.
It will also <provide quality services for survivors, and reparations for victims of violence and their families, producing disaggregated data so we can leave no one behind and empower women’s movements in the five priority countries.>>
Read more here:
https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/09/1021022

United Nations news 10 nov. 2020:
<<COVID-19 is overshadowing what has become a <pandemic of femicide> and related gender-based violence against women and girls, said independent UN human rights expert Dubravka Šimonovic on Monday, calling for the universal establishment of national initiatives to monitor and prevent such killings.?>>
Read more here:
https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/11/1078362

MEXICO

The Latinas are the most fierce when it comes down to literally defend not only their rights but more than literally their lives! I lived and worked in Cd. Juarez, Mexico and wrote an article based on me being in the middle of the, also here literally, the battlefield.
But before I quote myself from that article I'd like to ask your attention for the following:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-latam-women-protests-idUSKBN20U095

and I continue from there:

The Washington post
9 March 2021
Miriam Berger

<<Women in Mexico are protesting femicide. Police have responded with force.

Femicide protests in Mexico City turned violent Monday after women clashed with riot police stationed outside the National Palace, the residence
of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Activists say he’s failed to take rampant sexual violence seriously, even as it’s led to the deaths of 10 women a day.
López Obrador, also known by the acronym AMLO, dismissed the protests that coincided with International Women’s Day, arguing they were spurred by his conservative opponents. But the populist president with left-wing origins, who has long had tense relationships with feminist movements, has in recent weeks stoked the anger of many women for his support of a gubernatorial candidate accused of sexual assault, alongside continuing high cases of gender-based violence.
Ahead of Monday’s planned protest, police set up a barricade around the presidential palace, which a spokesperson described as a “peace wall” to prevent vandalism, the Guardian reported. But protesters said the barrier was symbolic of the president’s refusal to take on the issue, noting that he frequently makes a show of traveling in drug cartel-controlled parts of Mexico but felt unsafe ahead of their protest.

Women instead plastered the barriers with slogans and the names of murdered women. Nearly 1,000 women in Mexico were victims of femicide in 2020, according to an official database, the Guardian reported. Some of the cases have been particularly brutal: In February 2020, 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla was stabbed to death, cut up and partially skinned.>>
Read more here
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/03/09/womens-day-protests-amlo-mexico

Women's Media Centre
April 13 2020

<<In Mexico’s state of Nuevo León, a new sororidad rises.

Monterrey, Mexico — On February 21, 2020, more than 400 women stood silently in front of the Government Palace of Nuevo León in the Mexican city of Monterrey. They were dressed in black with purple and green handkerchiefs tied to their necks, holding up homemade signs denouncing femicidal violence that kills 10 women every day in Mexico. Their jaws were clenched tight with endless rage. Their gazes reflected that which is born when a sense of hopelessness converges with sorority. They those gazes for over three hours.
Later, a group of women between 19 and 24 years old came before the crowd and took turns sharing their own stories of sexual harassment and violence. <I do believe you,> the crowd chanted after each woman’s testimony. Surrounded by dozens of police officers, the women filled the Esplanade of Heroes in front of the palace to secure a safe space for them to grieve the collective sexualized violence against women.

Days before, a modified version of the viral <Femme Fist> print with the hashtag #YoPorEllas circulated through social media and WhatsApp groups. It gave a time, a date, and a place. But no feminist collective or women’s association was mentioned. It was a leaderless protest.
These days, women, especially young women, are a more common sight in public spaces in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, just across the U.S.-Mexico border from Texas. Even though they’re in constant danger of being harassed, attacked, murdered and disappeared, they show up not only to denounce gender-based violence but to find one another, forge relationships, and create new forms of organizing and activism.
Protests against gender-based violence are regular occurrences in the country’s capital, Mexico City, but now, they’re also increasingly more present in Monterrey, the industrial capital of Nuevo León known for its deep conservatism and dominant business culture. The protest on February> 21 signaled the re-emergence of feminist organizing and mobilizing in one of Mexico’s most conservative states.>>
Read more here:
https://womensmediacenter.com/women-under-siege/in-mexicos-state-of-nuevo-leon-a-new-sororidad-rises

REUTERS
March 7 2020
<<Factbox: Where Latin America women are fighting the world's highest murder rates>>
By Oscar Lopez
Read the article/overview here:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-latam-women-protests-idUSKBN20U095


Women's Media Center
February 14 2012
Maria Hinojosa

<<Women, words, and violence in Mexico

Femicidio. Femicide. The female counterpart to homicide.

It is a concept our country has been less exposed to than, for example, Mexico, Honduras or Guatemala, where the word femicidio is seen on the front pages of newspapers much too often.

The phenomenon of gender-based murder, rape and violence is so massive in these parts of the world that the Nobel Women's Initiative, a project based in Canada and led by women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize, undertook an all-women fact-finding delegation to get firsthand accounts and investigate. I was asked to join the delegation as an embedded journalist. The delegation was led in Mexico by Jody Williams, who won the Peace Prize in 1997 for her campaign against land mines.
In Mexico, the delegates spent two days listening to dozens of horrible stories about women who had been murdered, raped, tortured, disappeared or threatened. Women came from all over the country to tell their stories to 11 Canadian and American women, among them singer Sarah Harmer, human-rights expert Lisa VeneKlasen, journalist Paula Todd and activist-blogger Veronica Arreola. The fact that working women with kids would travel 15 hours to speak to us for about seven minutes each touched the delegates. Mariusa Lopez, a longtime women's human-rights activist, said: <They have knocked on so many doors, and they have been closed. You came to hear them. They will do what they can to tell their stories to the world, a world that wants to listen.>.

On the second day, we traveled to the state of Guerrero, one of the poorest in Mexico, where one-third of the population is indigenous. There continues to be an institutional racism toward indigenous people. In Chilpancingo, we heard stories about young and middle-aged women treated like dirt by hospitals or ambulance services, resulting in deaths and stillborn births. Another woman was kidnapped two months ago for being a human-rights activist. Left behind are her two daughters, 21 and 26 years old. "I am not afraid to die. I just want to see my mother free before that happens," said the 21-year-old, who is having to negotiate for her mother's freedom with shadowy people of the criminal underworld, along with government officials who may know her whereabouts.
The female journalists who tell these stories also have been murdered. One was beheaded, with her head thrown onto the steps of a government building in her town. Another's body was hung on the street.>>
Read more here:
https://womensmediacenter.com/women-under-siege/women-words-and-violence-in-mexico

BBC
Marcos González Díaz
Corresponsal de BBC News Mundo en México
3 Febrero 2021

<<Arussi Unda, de Las Brujas del Mar: <El machismo y la impunidad hacen la mezcla perfecta en donde se odia a las mujeres y no pasa nada>>
<<Arussi Unda, the Witches of the Sea: <The masichism and the impunity es the perfect mix where the hate against women results in the fact that nothing happens.>>
Read more here: (Article in Spanisch),
https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-america-latina-55885880
 

In 2020 I, as journalist for cryfreedom.net and radical feminist I wrote
and publisched 2 articles:

1) http://www.cryfreedom.net/femicidas.htm

2) http://www.cryfreedom.net/slaughterhouse-rape.htm

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Still to investigate: EL SALVADOR;

HONDURAS

Contra Corriente
August 8 2020
By Vienna Herrera
Translation: John Turnure

<<Femicide in Honduras: women dismissed by their own government.
Heidy Garcia still bears the scars of the violence she has endured for years. On October 23, 2018, her ex-partner tried to kill her with a machete. Now 39 years old, her face and body are scarred, and her health has deteriorated. There is still so much pain and fear.
Heidy had to report Andres Martinez for domestic violence five times to get a restraining order. However, no one checked whether the orderwas enforced, and he returned one day.
<So that he could finish killing me,> says Heidy, who was assaulted the day after her birthday, after she returned home from lunch with a friend. He attacked her in front of her youngest daughter as she was cooking dinner for her children.
<He was going to hit me in the face, but I jerked away out of reflex, and I screamed ‘You’re killing me!’ He said, ‘Yeah, and I’m going to finish you off now,’"
Heidy managed to escape that attack and was admitted to the National University Teaching Hospital (Hospital Escuela Universitario).

Heidy’s case of attempted femicide is now pending before the Supreme Court of Justice. The number of other pending femicide cases is not known; the judiciary did not respond to a freedom of information request placed by Contra Corriente.
In April 2013, the crime of femicide entered into effect in the Criminal Code. However, the Public Prosecutor’s Office only began reporting data on this crime in 2017, four years later. Only 30 cases of femicide have been prosecuted through 2019. This number stands in sharp contrast to the 7,041 reports of murder, infanticide, parricide and homicide filed between 2008 and 2009, in which the victim was female.
Most of these cases have not been prosecuted. Between 2010 and 2019, only 35% of the cases received by the Public Prosecutor’s Office were brought before the courts. Of the 104 cases of femicide that reached the Supreme Court of Justice between 2014 and 2019, only 23 have been adjudicated. Seven of these cases were acquittals, 15 were convictions, and the resolution of one case is not clear since the case file indicates that it involved two charges – a femicide and a misdemeanor. The perpetrator was acquitted of one charge and convicted of the other, but the case documentation does not specify which one.>>
Read more here:
https://contracorriente.red/en/2020/08/08/femicide-in-honduras-women-dismissed-by-their-own-government/

GENDER EQUALITY FORUM
2018-'19

Femicide or feminicide
Latin America, the Caribbean (21 countries): Femicide or feminicide, most recent data available (In absolute numbers and rates per 100.000 women)

2019:
Number for Honduras: 299 femicides (rate per 100.000 women).
View the whole chart here:
https://oig.cepal.org/en/indicators/femicide-or-feminicide

2011-'14
THE BORGEN PROJECT
<<Tag Archive for: Femicide in Honduras. by Grace Arnold (i.e. excerpts from the article.):

1: Murder – In 2011 Honduras experienced a peak in murder rates making Honduras the holder of the highest homicide rate in the world. Between 2011 and 2015, the murder rate in Honduras decreased by 30 percent. Homicides went down from 88.5 per 100,000 residents to 60.0 per 100,000 and have remained constant or decreased slowly depending on the year. However, in Honduras, only 4 percent of reported homicide cases result in arrest showing there is still lots of room for improvement.
6: Domestic Violence – One woman is murdered every 16 hours in Honduras, and the country has the highest femicide rate in the world. Shocking numbers of rape, assault and domestic violence cases are reported. However, 95 percent of cases of sexual violence and femicide in Honduras were never investigated in the year 2014. As mentioned above, widespread underreporting is likely to be linked to the lack of trust in governmental figures such as police and judicial systems. Rape is widespread and is employed to discipline girls, women and their family members for failure to comply with demands. In Honduras, there is a 95 percent impunity rate for sexual violence and femicide crimes and the lack of accountability for violations of human rights of women is the norm rather than the exception.>>
https://borgenproject.org/tag/femicide-in-honduras/

Feminist Organisation Report
6 June 2014

<<Status of violence against women in Honduras.
Submitted to the special raporteur on violance against women, its causes and consequenses, in her visit to Honduras>>
Download the PDF here:
https://www.protectioninternational.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Violence-Women-Honduras-RapporteurONU-June2014final.pdf

EL SALVADOR

Infosegura
18 June 2021

<<Violence against women, El Salvador 2020.

(Note from Gino d'Artali: the info is also available in Spanisch and includes a PDF to download).

The following infographic presents an analysis of violence against women differentiated throughout the life cycle for the year 2020 in El Salvador. It includes advances in the legal framework, challenges, and data on intrafamily and domestic violence, sexual violence, and femicide. This analysis was prepared by the infosegura team based on international instruments and national legislation on violence against women for 2020 and with data from official sources in the country: CID Gallup (May 2020), Attorney General’s Office (FGR ), Technical table for conciliation of figures of intentional homicides of the Directorate of Information and Analysis (DIA) and Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP), Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), Legal Medicine Institute (IML), National Civil Police (PNC), General Directorate of Statistics and Censuses (DIGESTYC).
Read more here/Leer mas aqui:
https://infosegura.org/en/2021/06/18/violence-against-women-el-salvador-2020/

NACLA
Reporting on the Americas since 1967
March 5th. 2021
Kristina Zanzinger, SJ Fernandez, and Yanxi Liu

<<Underreported and Unpunished, Femicides in El Salvador Continue.
In one of the most dangerous Latin American countries to be a woman, lockdown measures exposed longstanding challenges in combatting gender violence.

The same day President Nayib Bukele announced a strict lockdown for El Salvador at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, a collective of local women’s organizations launched a hotline to support women confined indoors with their abusers. The country was not prepared for the public health emergency nor for protecting women against violence. >Emergency situations,> the groups noted, always exacerbate <acts of violence against women stemming from existing inequalities.> By early June, the feminist organization Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local had documented 26 femicides during the lockdown.
In recent years, El Salvador has reported high rates of domestic violence and epidemic rates of femicide, the intentional killing of a woman or girl based on her gender identity. A 2017 survey found that 67 percent of Salvadoran women had experienced some form of violence in their lives, and in 2019, the country had one of the highest femicide rates in Latin America, second only to Honduras. Although El Salvador passed a gender violence law in 2011, establishing sentences of 20 to 50 years for femicide, acknowledging and prosecuting these cases remains arduous. The pandemic has further exposed these challenges, including by exacerbating structural barriers to reporting gender-based violence. Local human rights lawyers and feminist activists have been fighting to address these limitations by expanding support systems for victims of domestic violence.
Salvadoran law defines femicide as the killing of a woman with <motives of hatred or contempt for her condition as a woman.> Some scholars have proposed the term feminicide, rather than femicide, to underline the role of state negligence in these crimes and the intersection of power dynamics and cultural and socioeconomic factors.

In El Salvador and elsewhere, most femicides happen within the context of domestic violence, and structural machismo and the societal normalization of gender-based violence perpetuate both abuses and impunity. Campaigns and events organized by groups like Colectiva Feminista aim to educate women on their human rights, improve their sense of agency and self-worth, and dismantle the normalization of violence. However, underreporting of domestic violence is still an issue.
<Domestic violence is the beginning [of feminicide] since women suffer domestic violence in silence,> explains human rights attorney Arnau Baulenas of the Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana (IDHUCA) in San Salvador. And according to Marshall University Latin America history professor Chris White, in El Salvador, a geographically small country with a high-density population, the normalization of violence is also shaped by a strong historical memory of civil war-era violence.

<Impunity Means More Violence>

Calling attention to the growing irregularity of resources available for women facing violence in 2020, Colectiva Feminista partnered with the abortion decriminalization organization Agrupación Ciudadana para la Despenalización del Aborto as well as the women’s human rights group Red Salvadoreña de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Humanos to create a hotline to provide psychological and legal support. The support line responds to an increased need since the start of the pandemic for remote resources for victims, their families, and others hoping to report instances of gender-based violence or gain information about preventative actions. Many callers are from family members and partners seeking legal assistance to press charges against their abusive counterparts, explains activist and lawyer Laura Moran.
According to Moran, the Colectiva Feminista received more gender-based violence cases in the first six months of the pandemic than it did during all of 2019. Reports to the police also increased during lockdown. However, uneven awareness among public officials about the problem, combined with normalization, has created significant barriers to building substantial legal services to protect victims of abuse.

Potential for revictimization by police who uphold patriarchal norms, such as the idea that domestic violence is a family matter, is one possible deterrent to reporting abuse. Such barriers to reporting, a lack of political will to dedicate resources to combatting feminicide, and structural problems in the judicial system also translate into a lack of justice for victims. Activists have often pointed out the hypocrisy of El Salvador's justice system criminalizing women for having abortions—or stillbirths or miscarriages in many cases—while failing to pursue prosecutions for femicides.
According to Baulenas, prosecutions are often overshadowed by personal and cultural biases against victims that color cases with patriarchal and machista assumptions. These biases contribute to impunity for gender-based crimes, and it can also retraumatize survivors who choose to report their abuse. <Impunity means more violence,> Baulenas explains, underlining a cycle of inaction that fuels further underreporting. “The system needs to be fixed and authority figures need reeducation,” he adds.>>
Read more here:
https://nacla.org/news/2021/03/04/femicides-el-salvador-pandemic


United Nations
Meetings Coverage and Press Releases.
8 December 2020

<<Deputy Secretary-General Applauds El Salvador for Implementing Spotlight Initiative, Tackling Highest Rate of Femicide in Latin America.

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the “Let’s Talk about Violence against Women” conversation, held virtually today:
It is a pleasure to join. I thank the honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, Alexandra Hill Tinoco, for convening this event during the 16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.
The Government of El Salvador is a key partner in the Spotlight Initiative — our global multilateral partnership with the European Union to end all forms of violence against women and girls.
This is an enormous challenge, one that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, but I am convinced that with the participation of Member States, civil society, the private sector and others, we can make decisive progress towards ending violence against women and girls and achieve gender equality by 2030.
This is an absolute imperative for global progress and well-being. We will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals if women and girls are side-lined from quality education, lack employment opportunities and live in fear of violence and insecurity — in the home, in public transportation, online, school, in the workplace or marketplace.
Globally, 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence. In El Salvador, that percentage is 7 in 10 — more than twice as high.
El Salvador also has the highest rate of femicide in Latin America, and one of the highest rates in the world. In August 2020, La Prensa Gráfica reported that 10 women were murdered in the first eleven days of August alone.
In support of the Government’s efforts and in partnership with civil society, the Spotlight Initiative is being implemented across El Salvador to address the roots of this violence. To date, nearly 800,000 people have been impacted by these efforts.
The Initiative’s investments serve to strengthen laws and legal protections and the ability of national institutions to prevent, document and eradicate violence. It is building the capacity needed to gather data on prevalence which can inform effective policy measures. And critically important, the Spotlight Initiative is channelling resources to women’s rights organizations on the frontlines.>>
Read more here:
https://www.un.org/press/en/2020/dsgsm1519.doc.htm

YRIS
The Yale Review of International Studies
Posted on March 2020
El Salvador's femicide crisis.
by Sophie Huttner

I, Gino d'Artali, highly recommend this article from which I cannot quote 'cause it's in an image format:
http://yris.yira.org/essays/3794

BRAZIL

Women's Media Centre
20 April 2020
Loreen Arbuss - Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

<<While murder rates fall in Brazil, femicide remains on the rise.
Cuiabá, Brazil — Murder rates in Brazil are falling. In 2019, the number of victims of violent crimes fell 19 percent from 2018, down to 41,634, the lowest number since the Brazilian Public Security Forum began collecting data in 2007. In fact, those numbers have steadily been declining since 2018, after hitting a peak of nearly 64,000 murders in 2017.
While President Jair Bolsonaro and his supporters are quick to claim credit, the decline can be largely attributed to the end of violent conflict between rival criminal factions, who have long fought for control of the country’s drug trade; measures taken by the government under former President Michel Temer — which, among other things, has improved the coordination of police forces; and state-level interventions in prisons, such as isolating leaders of criminal groups to make it more difficult to coordinate actions beyond prison walls.
And yet, femicide in the country remains on the rise.

A longstanding scourge

According to a survey conducted by Brazilian news site G1, and based off official data, Brazil experienced a 7-percent increase in femicides from 2018 to 2019, as the number of recorded cases jumped from 1,173 murders in 2018 to 1,314 murders in 2019. And the 2018 figure was already a 12-percent increase over the year before.
Femicide is described as <any crime that involves domestic violence, contempt, or discrimination against women, which results in their death.> It was codified as a criminal offense under the country’s Femicide Law of 2015, which was announced by then-President Dilma Rousseff on International Women’s Day, and added harsher penalties for specific cases, such as when violence is committed against pregnant women, girls under 14, women above 60, and women and girls with disabilities.
<It has taken us a long time to say that the killing of a woman is a different phenomenon,> Nadine Gasman, then-head of UN Women in Brazil, told Reuters. <Men are killed in the street, women are killed in the home. Men are killed with guns, women with knives and hands.> >>
Read more here:
https://womensmediacenter.com/women-under-siege/while-murder-rates-fall-in-brazil-femicide-remains-on-the-rise

WOMEN'S MEDIA CENTER
Februari 24 2019
Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

<<Bolsonaro’s new gun law could put Brazil’s women in the line of fire.

São Paulo, Brazil—On January 15, Brazil’s newly-elected president Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree loosening restrictions on gun ownership in the country that leads the world in firearm deaths, as of 2016. Already, women's rights advocates and policy experts fear that, in addition to a potential rise in violence overall, women will become the main targets.
<It is estimated that, in 2016, about half of the women killed in Brazil were victims of firearms and, of these, about 25 percent were murdered [in their homes],> said Elaini Cristina Gonzaga da Silva, director of the Orbis Center for Studies in Law and International Relations and a law professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). <By focusing on the use of a weapon to defend ourselves against those who come from outside the house, we forget that the weapon is often used [by and against] those who are inside the house itself.>

Letícia Bahia, co-founder of the feminist site AzMina and a consultant for the United Nations Foundation, told Women Under Siege, <Women are killed at home almost three times more than men. In half of the cases, the crime is committed with a firearm.> Responding to the decree, she said, <Some people think that firearms could save these lives, but it is clear that women will come off worse in a fight… Violence and aggression are, historically, the attribute of masculinity.>
According to Relógios da Violência (Clocks of Violence), a data project designed by the Maria da Penha Institute to visualize country statistics on violence against women, a woman is the target of a firearm in Brazil every two minutes. In a country where gender-based violence is already at staggering levels, fears that easing gun possession will only increase domestic violence seem closer to being realized. >>
Read more here:
https://womensmediacenter.com/women-under-siege/bolsonaros-new-gun-law-could-put-brazils-women-in-the-line-of-fire

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COLOMBIA

WOMEN'S MEDIA CENTRE
September 21, 2020
Christina Noriega

<<Surge in Femicides Under Lockdown Renews Calls for Colombia's Reckoning with Gendered Violence.
BOGOTÁ —On the night of June 14, police reported that 30-year-old Heidy Soriano and her four-year-old daughter had been killed by her partner in the home they shared in the capital city of Bogotá. The double homicide made headlines across Colombia after weeks of mounting violence against women during a nationwide lockdown. Just that morning, 23-year-old university student Daniela Quiñones had disappeared returning home from a party. Police, who later found her body dumped in the Cauca River, said another partygoer had killed her when she refused his sexual advances.
The back-to-back killings— two out of a total five violent deaths in less than 48 hours — were enough to set off national indignation.
Experts have attributed the spike in violent crimes against women to the state-mandated quarantine, which was in place from March 25 to September 1. The country has since begun to gradually reopen and moved on to a <selective quarantine> for people confirmed or suspected of having the coronavirus. While the quarantine has helped curb the contagion, official reports suggest that women are suffering from violence at alarming rates.

The weekend after the murders, demonstrators marched in various Colombian cities, blocking important thoroughfares and singing feminist chants, to protest what they perceived as the government’s failure to protect women as reports of gender-based crimes were skyrocketing. In the first 11 days of the quarantine, calls to a national hotline for violence against women jumped 103 percent compared to the same period last year.
<Violence against women is not a priority for the government,> said Laura Daniela, a 21-year-old sociology student at a march in Bogotá. <It’s only when we come out to the streets that the government recognizes the problem.>
From March 25 to July 2, the national hotline for violence against women received an average of 119 calls daily — a 130-percent increase from last year, according to government figures. Surprisingly, the government also reported a dip in legal medical evaluations (which are usually conducted after a police report) for all forms of gender-based violence, including domestic violence, sexual abuse, and homicides. Experts, however, have stated that victims may have been more inclined to seek support from a hotline than report their abusers to the police.>>
Read more here:
https://womensmediacenter.com/women-under-siege/surge-in-femicides-under-lockdown-renews-calls-for-colombias-reckoning-with-gendered-violence

Note from Gino d'Artali:
For me it would be at least be more then a month's job to cover all the countries at South- and Latin America.
Impossible really if one considers all the other work I do for Cryfreedom.net
But I promise I'll keep track concerning it!

Gino d'Artali
radical feminist and investigatitve indepth journalist

 

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