A woman is killed every two hours and assaulted every 15 seconds in Brazil, usually by someone she knows, according to a report from the nonprofit Mapa da Violencia. In the northern Brazilian state Rio Grande do Norte, in particular, reports Lulu Garcia-Navarro, gender violence has skyrocketed, up 39 percent in four years.
In 2014, one hundred and twenty women were murdered in that state alone.
While there are specific laws against femicide and violence against women in most Latin American countries, they haven’t been effective in stopping the violence, says Garcia-Navarro.
There are many reasons, including the failure of police and the courts to follow-up on cases of violence against women, especially those in which a spouse or boyfriend is involved.