Note for Equality N° 27: Femicide, the most extreme expression of violence against women
At least 2,795 women were victims of femicide in 23 Latin American and Caribbean countries in 2017, according to data provided by national public agencies to ECLAC’s Gender Equality Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean. The severity of the phenomenon has forced 18 Latin American countries to modify their laws to sanction femicide: Costa Rica (2007), Guatemala (2008), Chile and El Salvador (2010), Argentina, Mexico and Nicaragua (2012), Bolivia (Plur. State of), Honduras, Panama and Peru (2013), Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Venezuela (Bol. Rep.) (2014), Brazil and Colombia (2015), Paraguay (2016) and Uruguay (2017).