Up to the present time in Brazil, four women have been killed each day. On Monday, (4th February) the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) considered this death rate to be very alarming.
The IACHR, which is the human rights arm of the 35-member Organization of American States, stated that a greater amount of steps should be taken in order to avert and litigate femicides in Brazil. Femicide is basically the killing of a woman by a man because of her gender.
The Washington-based IACHR in a statement stated that the commission urges the Brazilian state to enforce all-inclusive action in order to avert these actions, at the same time attain its liability to examine, charge, and punish the guilty. At the same time, protection and all-inclusive atonement should be offered to the victims
To prevent femicide, Brazil passed a strong decree in 2015 giving a lawful definition related to the crime, with hard jail sentence of up to 30 years for accused offenders.
Brazil, along with about 15 other nations in Latin America, has brought in laws against femicide over the past few years. Braxil holds the highest rates of femicide in the world according to the United Nations.
Commissioner Margarette May, IACHR president and record-keeper for women’s rights, stated that Brazil’s law on femicide which was passed in 2015 was a significant step in making the assassination of women more noticeable. She stated that it is important to enforce prevention as well as protection steps. Further, she stated that it’s objectionable that women having the protection orders is murdered, that they do not have enough shelter or that their accusations are not taken into concern seriously.
According to Human Rights Watch, with a population of over 200 million, Brazil have only 74 shelters for victims of domestic violence. In Brazil, those women murdered are often shot dead in their own homes at the hands of their current or former boyfriends who holds a history of domestic abuse.
The IACHR stated that the commission has taken a note of the fact that the murdered women had either condemned their attackers or went through assaults or attempted homicides.
Femicides should not be regarded as a segregated problem but mirrors “sexist values deeply ingrained in Brazilian society. Black women, who are a part of primitive groups and the LGBT community, as well as female politicians and human rights activists faces the highest risk of being killed.