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At least 4,091 women were victims of femicides throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in 2020

A United Nations report on gender violence found that 4,091 women were victims of femicide in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2020, compared with the previous year.

The study was released by the global organization's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean on Wednesday, and noted a 10 percent decrease compared to 2019 when 4,576 gender-related deaths of women were registered in the region.  Femicides are killings of women, by men, on account of their gender. 

'Feminicide or femicide as an extreme and lethal form of gender violence continues to affect thousands of women and girls every year in Latin America and the Caribbean,' the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean said in the report.

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean released on Wednesday its report on gender violence which found that 4,091 women were victims of femicide in 2020, decreasing from 4,576 in 2019

Anguila and British Virgin Islands were the only two nations among 26 countries reporting  gender-related killings of women to the United Nation's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean that did not register femicides in 2020. Both countries reported one each in 2019

A woman participates in Wednesday's demonstration that called for the end of violence against women in Mexico City. Her sign reads, 'Girls are not touched'

The Gender Equality Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean, which each year consolidates and updates the feminicide figures provided by the governments, found that the femicides were registered in 17 countries in Latin America and nine in the Caribbean.

Brazil was the most dangerous country for women with 1,738 femicides in 2020, a decreased from 2,048 the previous year. Mexico came in second with 948 femicides, three less than in 2019. 

Only Anguila and the British Virgin Island were the only nations not to report femicides in 2020 after each registered one in 2019.

At least 344 women who were victims of femicide were between the age of 30 and 33, according to data provided by 18 of the 26 countries that report to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. The commission's study showed that 334 females between the age of 15 and 29 were victims of femicides.

Brazilian judge Viviane Vieira do Amaral Arronenzi was stabbed to death by her ex-husband, Paulo José Arronenzi,  in front of their three daughter on December, 24, 2021. According to a United Nations report released Wednesday, the South American nation led the Latin America and Caribbean region with 1,738 femicides in 2020

Jazmín Lugo Payero was murdered by her boyfriend, José Espinal Almonte, on November 30, 2020 in the Dominican Republic city of Pekín, outside Santiago.  Police said Espinal Almonte then fled the scene of the crime and was found hanging from a tree in his hometown, Sabaneta. According to the United Nation's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic had the second highest rate of gender-related killings of women in 2020, with 2.4 femicides per 100,000 women

The striking report shows that Honduras (4.7 per 100,000 women), the Dominican Republic (2.4 per 100,000 women) and El Salvador (2.1. per 100,000 women) registered the highest rates of gender-related killings of women in 2020. 

The figures for all three countries were considerably lower than 2019. Authorities in Honduras reported 6.1 femicides per 100,000 women and 3.3 femicides were registered per 100,000 women in El Salvador. The rate drop in the Dominican Republic was a bit lower, 2.7 per 100,000 women in 2019. 

They did not say why the drop had occurred, amid fears COVID lockdown measures may have actually caused a spike in domestic violence, and smaller numbers of victims reporting the assaults. 

Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Nicaragua maintained the same rates, while Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama registered an increase compared to the previous year. 

Women protest for the elimination of violence against women in Mexico City on Wednesday

The Gender Equality Observatory described the situation as a true 'shadow pandemic.' 

At least 344 women who were victims of femicide were between the age of 30 and 33, according to data provided by 18 of the 26 countries that report to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The commission's study showed that 334 females between the age of 15 and 29 were victims of femicides. 

Shockingly enough, the countries studies registered 40 femicides of girls under the age of 15.   

'Despite the fact that their visibility, the state response and the pressure exerted massively by women's movements that have expressed their rejection of gender violence throughout the region has increased,' the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean said. 

'We will not tire of making visible the violence that affects women and girls in our region on a daily basis and that affects society as a whole, as it constitutes an obstacle to achieving equality and sustainable development and peace,' said Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean executive secretary, Alicia Bárcena.