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There’s an epidemic of “femicidio” in Argentina

Teresa Ponce displays a photo of her daughter at a protest in Buenos Aires on June 3. There have been 1,808 femicides since 2008. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

 

“The term ‘femicidio,’ which encompasses the murder of women by domestic violence, in honor killings and in other categories of hate crime, has now entered our everyday language in Argentina,” writes Argentinian author Uki Goni in an Op-Ed in The New York Times, in which he describes the “relentless and harrowing succession” of reports of Argentinian women being violently murdered in recent years. Goni blames the problem on the culture of “unbridled male machismo,” which is evident everywhere from the incessant catcalling on the streets to the sexist attitudes of local politicians. Earlier this month, thousands of people took to the streets  of Buenos Aires to protest gender violence.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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