Killings of women increase in Lima, Peru

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Yesterday the global activist community observed the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Statistics released by Peru’s National Institute for Statistics and Information in observance of the day revealed that about 37% of women across Peru have experienced domestic violence.

And today, another set of sobering statistics have come to light. El Comercio reports that femicides, the murder of women (usually understood as a crime committed for gender-based reasons) is on the rise in Lima.

According to El Comercio, 59 women have already died as the result of femicide in 2013. In all of 2012, that number was just 27.

El Comercio reports that only 6 in 10 women who suffer from domestic violence report their aggressors to the police.

Many femicides are committed by intimate partners, either current or ex-partners of the victim.

“Femicide is the last link in the chain of family violence. The aggressions begin with shouting and grabbing, which are evidence of a culture of scarce values and low self-worth,” says Ana Mendieta of the Ministry of Women’s Issues and Vulnerable Populations, speaking to El Comercio.

“Lima has yet to reach the levels of femicide seen in other Latin American cities, but that’s little comfort. The rise [in cases]has us on alert,” Mendieta added.

The World Health Organization writes that 35% of femicides worldwide are committed by intimate partners. Femicide has increased in the capital region in the last several years.

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Rachel Chase

Rachel Chase is a proud born-and-bred Minnesotan who’s moved to Lima after graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Spanish and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies. During her junior year of college, Rachel studied in Peru and loved it so much that she just had to come back. As well as being a dedicated News Editor, Rachel plays the ukulele and sings, as well as trying to devour as many books as she can.