One woman is violently killed every two hours in Brazil, according to the Brazilian Forum for Public Security, making it the 7th most dangerous country in the world for women. Data shows that the number of femicides, as well as murders of women, has been steadily increasing over the last few years.
In 2017, more than 4,000 women were murdered in Brazil, including 492 cases of femicide – that’s a 16.5 percent increase from 2016’s data. However, it might not be as bleak as the numbers appear. Most states only began recording femicide data in 2015, meaning the perceived increase could very well be linked to better monitoring rather than increasing violence.