MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women took to the streets over the past year across Latin America – from Mexico and Chile to Argentina and Brazil – demanding governments take action in a region where machismo reigns and gender-based violence is widespread. In Latin America and the Caribbean at least one out of every three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in her life, according to the United Nations. Femicide claims the lives of 12 women a day in Latin America which is home to 14 of the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide globally but 98% of these killings go unprosecuted. Here are some of the countries which have witnessed the largest mobilizations of women across Latin America over the past year, with street protests scheduled in many on International Women’s Day on March 8: CHILE In Chile protests broke out in October and raged until mid-December over social inequality, sparking a feminist song and dance routine that went viral. The Chilean Network Against Violence Against Women said 42 cases of sexual abuse were reported on average daily in Chile in 2018 and last year 46 women were killed because of their… Read full this story
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