The feminist movements in Latin America have become stronger recently. On the 25 November, every year, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is marked worldwide. It is a day that denounces violence against women and calls for policies to eradicate it. In the last decade there has been an advance in the recognition of gender equality. However, to think that the protection of women’s rights is guaranteed by formal equality is to ignore the fact that these regulations, in almost the entire world, have been written with male majorities in the legislature. Moreover, gender violence feeds from institutional and structural violence, from the actions and omissions carried out by the State and its authorities and, at times, they are the same State representatives that perpetuate this violence.
ACCIÓN, a Chilean member of Forus, spoke out about violence against women in these two articles that we are sharing below.