More than 4,000 women fell victim to homicide in 2020, according to ECLAC

At least 4,091 women were female murder victims year 2020 in Latin America and the Caribbean, a decrease of 10.6% compared to the previous year, according to a report from ECLAC.



The study, conducted by the Gender Equality Observatory, described the situation as a true “shadow pandemic”.

Murder of women or genocide as an extreme and deadly form of gender-based violence continues to affect thousands of women and girls each year in Latin America and the Caribbean, “said the report of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), a United Nations technical agency. .

The Cepal said the number of homicides It happened “despite the fact that its visibility, the state reaction and the massive pressure exerted by women’s movements that have expressed their rejection of gender-based violence throughout the region has increased.”



The more than 4,000 femicide were registered in 26 countries in the region (17 from Latin America and 9 from the Caribbean) in 2020, a decrease of 10.6% compared to 2019, when 4,576 cases were reported, according to the data. Gender Equality Observatory of Latin America and the Caribbean, which each year consolidates and updates the female homicide rates provided by governments.

According to ECLAC, “the indicator is an approximation, as there is still no common method for generating standardized statistics on this crime.”



The higher proportion of femicide were registered in Honduras (4.7 per 100,000 women), Dominican Republic (2.4 per 100,000 women) and El Salvador (2.1 per 100,000 women). In these three countries, there was a decrease compared to 2019, as in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.

Honduras went from 6.1 homicides per 100,000 women in 2019 to 4.7 in 2020, while the proportion in the Dominican Republic dropped from 2.7 to 2.4 and in El Salvador from 3.3 to 2.1.



Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Nicaragua they maintained the same rates, while Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama recorded an increase over the previous year.

“We will not tire of highlighting the violence that afflicts women and girls in our region on a daily basis and that affects society as a whole, as it is an obstacle to achieving equality and sustainable development and peace,” said Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary. ECLAC, on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is celebrated this Thursday.

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