SEMlac reports

SEMlac reports (334)

Guatemala, November (SEMlac). – Cutting women’s hair, having them kneeled on rocks, dragging them along the street, and publicly accusing them of being prostitutes are considered normal acts under Mayan culture. These are forms of gender violence widely accepted by society.

“Adding rat poison to food so that the couple dies slowly, covering the well where she is thrown into, and strangling the victim are women’s murders that are no longer shocking anyone,” said Norma Cruz, a representative of Survivors Foundation.

Santiago de Chile, November (SEMlac). - Daniela Cruz (4) was killed after having been beaten and raped. Katherine Droguett (36) had her face smashed and died of a cardio-respiratory arrest. Marisol Balcázar (47) was beaten, raped and strangled.

These acts were not considered women’s murders under the Chilean law because Cruz was a minor, Droguett was a transgender, and Bálcazar was killed by a man other than her couple.

Santo Domingo, September (SEMlac Special). – United Nations reports indicate that the Dominican Republic exhibits one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the region.

The latest case, which involves a 10-year-old girl in the southern city of San Cristóbal , has been considered as a true drama by Health Minister Freddy Hidalgo. Rumor has it that the girl got pregnant after rape.

Mexico City, September (SEMlac Special).– Statistical data provide a major tool to formulate, monitor and evaluate public policies and government actions, especially those aimed at promoting equality between men and women.

Against this background, the 14th International Meeting on Gender Statistics was held last September 4- 6 in Aguascalientes (Mexico).

Federal District, Mexico, August (SEMlac). – Women’s murders are posing a very serious threat to peace and democracy in Latin America . Official reports by NGOs, prosecutor offices and violence observatories indicate that 18 women are being killed every day in the region.

Carmen Moreno, executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women, said that this figure clearly shows how much violence there is in the area, while anthropologist Marcela Lagarde stressed that it also reveals that violence against women is reaching unimagined extremes.

Montevideo, August (SEMlac). – The Day of Domestic Workers has since 2011 been observed on August 19.

Graciela Espinosa, a lawyer working for the National Trade Union of Domestic Workers, told SEMlac that the number of workers making social-security contributions had moved from 35,000 in 2005 up to 81.000 in 2013.

Bogotá, July (SEMlac Special). – Fourteen Latin American personalities who have been given the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) met earlier this month in the Colombian capital to exchange views and opinions.

They have been involved in preventing and controlling environmental pollution, developing vaccines, or protecting civilian populations under armed conflict situations.

Guatemala, July (SEMlac Special). – Misogynist comments and remarks in the mass media are helping perpetuate gender violence in a country where two women get killed every day.

Women’s self-esteem is so low that they are often involved in robbery, extortion and kidnapping.

Lima, June (SEMlac). – Over 20 million children in Latin America and the Caribbean have to work to survive. Most of them cannot go to school and are involved in forced labor.

This came from a report issued by the International Labor Organization (ILO) on June 12 (World Day against Child Labor).

Mexico, June (SEMlac). - “When we went for a walk, he simply told me I would never again see my son.” “I have not seen my one- and three-year-old daughters in the last seven months.” “When my ex was told that I was dating another man, he took our son away.” “I was always rejected by his family because I was dark.”

These are some of the comments made by five mothers over a collective interview with SEMlac. Their stories clearly show that there is no justice for women in Mexico .

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