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Fighting violence against women
Latinamerica Press
12/28/2006
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Governments, journalists, human rights activists, and various nongovernmental organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women campaign Nov. 25 to Dec. 10.

The campaign demanded support services for survivors, preventative measures, legal and judicial reform and the observance of international human rights tools to treat violence against women "as a human rights violation."

The campaign was first launched in 1991, and has made some headway, including the 1994 approval of the Inter-American Convention to Prevent, Sanction and Eradicate Violence against Women (Belem do Para Convention), which was ratified by 32 countries in the region. The Organization of American States approved a follow-up commission to ensure that the agreement is respected.

The majority of Latin American and Caribbean countries have approved domestic violence laws, but there are many challenges to their implementation including: a lack of resources, lack of coordination between government branches, a general denial of the population that the problem of violence against women is severe, and the fact that laws against this violence are often ignored.


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