12/2/2017 – Rise in violence against women

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Uruguay’s ruling center-left coalition, the Frente Amplio, and the largest opposition party, the Partido Nacional, are calling for the swift adoption of a femicide law. A draft bill was tabled in the Uruguayan parliament in early 2015, but since that time has it has languished in a special commission established to deal with it. The call for renewed action was triggered by a new act of violence in which a woman was murdered by her husband. According to statistics from the Uruguayan Ministry of the Interior, 22 women were murdered in 2016. There have already been five women murdered since the beginning of this year, twice as many as in the same period last year.