A Woman Was Murdered in Brazil Every Two Hours in 2018, Says Atlas of Violence

Rate registered a decrease in relation to the previous year; blacks are twice as many victims as white

A woman was murdered in Brazil every two hours in 2018, pointed out the Atlas of Violence 2020, released on Thursday (27).

There were 4,519 homicide victims, which represents a rate of 4.3 for every 100 thousand female inhabitants. Following the downward trend in the overall rate, the homicide rate against women fell by 9% between 2017 and 2018.

Children are seen as a police officer takes position during the reconstitution of the scene where the 8-year-old Agatha Sales Felix was killed by a stray bullet at the Alemao complex slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Ian Cheibub - REUTERS

But the situation has improved only for white women, since the vast majority (68%) of the victims were black - whose rate is practically double that of non-black women.

In 11 years (2008 to 2018), black women's homicide rate grew 12.4%; non-black women fell 11.7%.

In the same period, Brazil saw a 4% increase in the murders of women. In some states, the homicide rate in 2018 more than doubled compared to 2008: this is the case of Ceará, whose homicides of women increased by 278%, Roraima (+ 186%) and Acre (126%).

"The number of black women killed stands out," says the Forum's executive director, Samira Bueno. "The total number fluctuates little, what fluctuates is the color of the woman being murdered. What public policies are we implementing that only protect non-black women?"

Brazil continues to be one of the countries with the most murders of women in the world.

"Black women are even more vulnerable: because of race, gender, and class," said Forum researcher Amanda Pimentel.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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