The number of female murders, so called femicides, has increased vigorously in the last decades. On average twelve women are killed every day which means one woman is killed every hour. These are numbers presented by the UN and the stand-alone organisation Mapa de violencia, the map of violence. Most victims are young women between 15 and 29 years and are often victims of domestic violence. The most common reason of death is murder by firearms. The female murders are just a small part of what Latin American women have to endure. Every eleventh minute a woman is wrapped, and every five seconds there is an assault on a Brazilian woman. In Favelorna, the shantytowns surrounding the large cities of Brazil, there is a permanent battle for women’s safety, a battle that no one can really see the end of.
”Favelorna is the front line for the freedom of Brazilian women” Those are words from Sueide Kintê, a famous Brazilian feminist. According to her the fight for safety is an everyday work where the main reason is to create safety for women every day to make their lives easier. A few years ago, she created an initiative on the internet to help women in their everyday chores and needs. By affiliating to a certain Facebook page or using the hashtag #MaisAmorEntreNos, meaning more love between us, more than 250 000 women have been helped by other women.
Women’s collective in Salvador de Bahía
Sueide Kintê is a part of the female collective Flores de Dan situated in the outskirts of Salvador de Bahia. The city is often talked about as the darkest city outside Africa. Millions of slaves were shipped here in the late 19th century and their descendants still remain here in the lowest walks of society. In Brazil it is hard to be a woman, particularly a black woman according to Sueide. She is also a part of the movement called Feministo Negro – Black feminism. It started in Brazil in the ‘80s and lately it has gotten quite a boost. The movement is a part of a bigger trend in Latin America. Lately hundreds of thousands have demonstrated on the violence on women and the macho culture in the area, an area that according to statistics is one of the most dangerous for women. The events triggering the demonstrations are the brutal rapes and murders on young women lately. The 16-year-old girl Lucía Pérez was murdered after a brutal mass rape in Mar del Plata. Another noticed event is where 33 men raped another 16-year-old girl outside Rio de Janeiro and filmed it and posted on Twitter.
Most people know Brazil as a poor but sexy and happy country, but for women living there it is a pure lie. Being a woman in Brazil is a constant anxiety. Every other woman is afraid of going outside. The feminist fight has been successful so far, but it takes another generation to complete the work. The most important thing is to raise a generation of sons that understands the problem.