“Women’s struggle for autonomy over their bodies and their lives transcends any political, social and religious dispute,” affirms Mariela Belski from Amnesty International Argentina.
“Violentadas en cuarentena”, published en Distintas Latitudes, is a regional collaborative research carried out in 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean on violence against women for reasons of gender during the quarantine by covid-19.
In recent months, covering such protests has become increasingly fraught with danger as police respond with overbearing force, intimidating, corralling, and harassing protesters.
Abuse and harassment driving girls off Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, according to the largest global survey on online abuse showing that one in five girls (19%) have left or significantly reduced use of a social media platform after being harassed.
The closure of all schools in Kenya including some rescue centers where girls had sought refuge after running from their families who wanted to force them to undergo FGM or get married has taken the country a step back in the fight against these traumatic, painful cutting practices.
“White supremacy applies to you, to me, to all in a white-centered society,” affirms Darcia Narvaez, Professor of Psychology of the University of Notre Dame.