Latin America is the world's most violent region for women, says UNDP

Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world for women, the United Nations said on Thursday.

AFP November 23, 2017 07:37:01 IST
Latin America is the world's most violent region for women, says UNDP

Panama City: Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world for women, the United Nations said on Thursday, highlighting Central America and Mexico as particularly dangerous.

In a report presented in Panama, UN Women and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) found assaults on women persisted in the region despite severe laws aimed at curbing the phenomenon.

Latin America is the worlds most violent region for women says UNDP

UNDP said Latin America and the Caribbean was the world's most violent region for women. Reuters

"The issue of violence against women in Latin America is critical. It's the most violent region in the world against women outside of conflict contexts," Eugenia Piza-Lopez, head of UNDP's gender mission in Latin America, told AFP.

The rate of sexual violence against women outside of relationships is the highest in the world in the region, and the second-highest for those who are in, or were in, a couple, the report stated.

Three of the 10 countries with the highest rates of rape of women and girls were in the Caribbean, it said.

Femicide — the killing of women — occurred on a "devastating scale" in Central America, it said, explaining that two out three women murdered died because of their gender.

"In some countries it has become a severe crisis. In the Northern Triangle (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala) and Mexico the problem of femicide and violence against women has reached epidemic levels, in many cases with links to organised crime," Piza-Lopez said.

Central America's Northern Triangle is considered the most dangerous area in the world outside war zones, mainly because of rampant gangs and drug cartels.

The UN report noted that 24 of the 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have laws against domestic violence, but only nine of them have passed legislation that tackles a range of forms of other violence against women in public or private.

It also said that 16 of the countries had femicide on the books, and a few punished newer types of crimes, such as cybercrime, political violence, or acid attacks.

Despite those advances, though, the "plague" of violence continues to be a threat to human rights, public health and public safety, it said.

The UN recommended strengthening institutions and policies in the region, and allocating resources to empower women. It also advised that "patriarchal" cultural norms that maintain gender inequality needed to be addressed.

The report added one third of women worldwide have been a victim of violence in their relationship or of sexual violence by people outside their relationship.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

BCCI remains undecided on conducting Ranji Trophy, women's domestic season expected from March
First Cricket News

BCCI remains undecided on conducting Ranji Trophy, women's domestic season expected from March

With the IPL likely to be played in the in March-April window, the Board is finding it tough to slot in the first-class tournament.

Pregnancy and COVID-19: Avoiding risks and staying up-to-date on vaccinations is half the battle won
science

Pregnancy and COVID-19: Avoiding risks and staying up-to-date on vaccinations is half the battle won

The precautions that expecting mothers need to take during their pregnancy aren't different than what most people are currently undertaking.

England women's cricket team to participate in 'historic' tour of Pakistan in October
First Cricket News

England women's cricket team to participate in 'historic' tour of Pakistan in October

No England team have played international cricket in the country since 2005.