In Latin America, violence against women and girls is pervasive and practiced with relative impunity. According to a November United Nations Development Program Report , Latin America has the highest rate in the world of gender-based sexual violence against women, and in Central America two of every three women killed are victims of femicide, while the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean found that on average 12 women are murdered a day across the region. This normalization of violence against women has grave consequences for women and girls. However, there is no regional legal consensus on what constitutes femicide, and each of the sixteen countries that have included it in their penal code uses a different definition.
Violence against women in Latin America: Is it getting worse?
Take five: Fighting femicide in Latin America | UN Women – Headquarters
Despite the progress that women have made in industrialized countries, violence remains unresolved in much of the world. Numerous countries, mostly poor but also emerging market economies, are places where impunity for the perpetrators of crimes against women remains the norm. Rapists and traffickers of women and girls often go unpunished by legal systems that are ill-equipped to prosecute offenders or that sometimes show little interest in doing so. For women in many Latin American countries violence has been a constant. In spite of economic gains, places like Bolivia and Guatemala still have the highest rates of femicide according to a recent country study by the Pan American Health Organization. Central America, because of the crime associated with the rise of illicit trade in narcotics, also ranks among the most dangerous places on earth for women. Honduras is especially violent, with little sign of any improvement.
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Latin American countries have consistently ratified international conventions to protect women. They are falling behind in implementation, though, despite some of the worst rates of gender-based violence and femicide in the world. Why aren't these agreements being translated into policies? Protecting women against gender-based violence is too often overlooked as a global human rights issue. On the surface, Latin America may look like an exception.