Security & Strategic Review - April 2022

URUGUAY: Still fighting against gender violence

It has been a mixed few months for gender rights in Latin America, with notable advances on the one hand, such as the decriminalisation of abortion up to 24 weeks by Colombia’s constitutional court in February, and disheartening setbacks on the other, such as the approval of a restrictive abortion law in Guatemala (although it was ultimately shelved by congress). By regional standards, Uruguay does not do too badly on gender rights – it was the first Latin American country to legalise elective abortions in 2012, and was recently held up as an example of how well-designed sex-ed policies can successfully reduce teenage pregnancies. But there is still a way to go to address structural inequalities and the ongoing scourge of gender violence, as shown by recent data on femicide.

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