Community organizations play vital role in tackling gender violence in Brazil

A new study on femicide in Brazil shows strong awareness of the reality of gender-based violence – but a lot more action is needed

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A third of Brazilian women have received death threats from a current or former partner, and one in six has been the victim of attempted femicide, according to the findings of a new study on perceptions of gender-based violence in Brazil. The study, carried out by the Instituto Patrícia Galvão, a feminist organization, and the Instituto Locomotiva, a research institute, surveyed 1,503 women and men to gain a greater understanding of the Brazilian population’s perceptions of femicide. 

The study found that 57 percent of Brazilians know someone who has been threatened with so-called ‘intimate femicide’ (when the violence is perpetrated...

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