- June 2012
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- In 2011, 60 women died in Spain, victims of violence by men who were, or had been their partners. They died by the hands of those who were supposed to take care and protected them, those who should have loved them. What took place on Spain, also occurred in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, sometimes with more cruelty. This phenomenon cannot be ignored by those who work with human rights protection, because it is, essentially, a human rights issue. The challenge against gender based violence is one of the front lines, perhaps the most painful one, in the battle for the empowerment of women, for the conquer of effective equality between men and women. This is a combat protected by several legal instruments, the most sophisticated and perfect ones of which are in Latin America, where also some interesting legal rules and court decisions are taken aiming the eradication of sexist violence. These few pages testify the phenomenon of sexist violence in Latin America, describing the international landmark for the protection of women and analyses the instruments developed in the area to prevent women from being structural victims of the community they live in.
- violência de gênero; feminicídio; convenção de belém do pará; lei maria da penha; lei integral contra a violência de gênero; gender violence; femicide; convention of belém do pará; maria da penha law; integral law against gender violence