Femicide on the Rise in Latin America

Acid attack victim
Cambodian acid attack victim. Acid attacks like these have been on the rise in Latin America, mostly in Colombia. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

By Juliana Jiménez Jaramillo

Violence against women has been on the rise in the last decade in Latin America, from Mexico to Colombia, down south to Argentina. In 2009, sexual harassment on Mexico City buses was so out of control women-only bus lines had to be created.

Throwing acid on women’s faces is not restricted to the Middle East anymore; 119 acid attacks have been reported in Colombia since 2010, though that number may be many times higher since most cases go unreported. Last month, a woman in Bogotá was beaten, stabbed, raped, and impaled, acts that distinguish femicide from general homicide—and all have been on the rise.

Read more on the original Slate story.

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