Brazil, Latin America
Maria De Lourdes Alcantara

Maria de Lourdes Beldi de Alcântara

“The applicability of the resolution on the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women is urgent in relation to indigenous women and girls. Is supposed that transcend national statistics. The rate of femicides in Brazil was 5.82 deaths per 100,000 women in the period 2009-2011. It is estimated that there were on average 5,664 female deaths from violent causes each year, 472 every month, 15.52 every day, or every hour and a half. The lack of data regarding indigenous populations presents a serious silencing. Both within the indigenous communities and in the national society outside; internally indigenous women have a practice to keep silent for two reasons: the definition of violence against women has another conception, former violence is when it hurts too much, has the intention to kill and the second reason is because of the fear of to expose and reprisals. The justification of “tradition” conceals serious human rights violations. These attitudes perpetuate all forms of violence. The necessity of awareness and empowerment of the rights they have shall be immediately. However, changes will occur only if they themselves feel threatened, disrespected and are aware that they can claim their rights.I am in favor of a global binding norm on VAW.”

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