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A Combative Women's Day in Latin America

Women in Latin America joined their counterparts across the world on Thursday in protest against gender-based violence and to demand public policies to guarantee women's fundamental human rights.

The activists also zoned in on two issues, which disproportionately affect women within Latin America and the Caribbean, the high rates of femicides in the region and the fact that several countries still deny women the right to an abortion.

According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, 97 percent of women of childbearing age in Latin America and the Caribbean live in countries where abortion is restricted or banned altogether. Harsh laws that penalize abortion have not resulted in fewer procedures, but a higher threat to women's lives. An estimated 2,000 women die in Latin America every year due to unsafe abortions.   

Latin America is also the most violent region for women. Twelve women are killed every day due to machista violence. 

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In Argentina hundreds of thousands showed support for a bill to legalize abortions up to 14 weeks. A woman holds a puppet with a sign: "Death to the Macho."
In Argentina hundreds of thousands showed support for a bill to legalize abortions up to 14 weeks. A woman holds a puppet with a sign: "Death to the Macho." Photo:Reuters
Ecuadorean women demanded the recognition of unpaid work outside the Labor Ministry.
Ecuadorean women demanded the recognition of unpaid work outside the Labor Ministry. Photo:Raul Fernando
Brazilian woman protests un-elected President Michel Temer. Her pregnant belly reads "Out Temer."
Brazilian woman protests un-elected President Michel Temer. Her pregnant belly reads "Out Temer." Photo:Reuters
Chile: "Why do I scare you when I open my mouth and not when I open my legs."
Chile: "Why do I scare you when I open my mouth and not when I open my legs." Photo:Reuters
Costa Rica: "Women for the right to choose."
Costa Rica: "Women for the right to choose." Photo:Reuters
Trans people in El Salvador demand state recognition of their identities.
Trans people in El Salvador demand state recognition of their identities. Photo:Reuters
Honduran women uphold their right to decide over their own bodies.
Honduran women uphold their right to decide over their own bodies. Photo:Reuters
In Peru Campesino Indigenous women joined the demonstrations.
In Peru Campesino Indigenous women joined the demonstrations. Photo:Reuters
Mexico: "We exist because we resist. Lesbians exist."
Mexico: "We exist because we resist. Lesbians exist." Photo:Reuters
In Nicaragua women demanded equal rights and an end to violence.
In Nicaragua women demanded equal rights and an end to violence. Photo:Reuters
In Paraguay women held other women
In Paraguay women held other women's portraits to denounce femicides. Photo:Reuters
In Uruguay women protested against machista violence in all its forms. The sign reads: "We are fed up."
In Uruguay women protested against machista violence in all its forms. The sign reads: "We are fed up." Photo:Reuters
Published 9 March 2018
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