Femicide has gone up in Brazil. Photo: ABr
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Femicide has gone up in Brazil. Photo: ABr

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.

</p> <p>Initiatives to reduce violence against women have likely impacted the reduced femicide statistics. More than 200,000 cases of domestic violence are registered every year. But in Minas Gerais, state-run initiatives and specialized courts dedicated to domestic violence may have had a knock-on effect on femicides, which were reduced by 49 percent in just one year.</p> <p>Economic factors play a part. Minas Gerais, which has one of the highest GDPs among Brazil’s states and is also in one of the country’s most economically productive regions, has put its resources to use. States like Acre, with historically low GDPs, don’t have the same economic power at their disposal to combat femicide rates.</p> <p>Nonetheless, states are largely still demonstrating worrisome patterns. Paraná, for example, has a relatively high GDP in comparison to other states. Despite this, its numbers show that it has made little effort to monitor or curb <a href="https://brazilian.report/2017/11/25/brazil-violence-against-women/">violence against women</a>, resulting in a stagnation that suggests a lack of political will to address the issue.</p> <div class="infogram-embed" data-id="381c0803-1955-4e1d-af1d-fb56dff70c47" data-type="interactive"></div><script>!function(e,t,s,i){var n="InfogramEmbeds",o=e.getElementsByTagName("script"),d=o[0],r=/^http:/.test(e.location)?"http:":"https:";if(/^\/{2}/.test(i)&&(i=r+i),window[n]&&window[n].initialized)window[n].process&&window[n].process();else if(!e.getElementById(s)){var a=e.createElement("script");a.async=1,a.id=s,a.src=i,d.parentNode.insertBefore(a,d)}}(document,0,"infogram-async","//e.infogram.com/js/dist/embed-loader-min.js");</script> <p>

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SocietyMar 08, 2018

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BY Ciara Long

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Ciara focuses on covering human rights, culture, and politics.