[Marxism] The crisis of violence against women in Puerto Rico

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 21 16:52:26 MST 2018

> In Puerto Rico a woman is murdered every 14 days. Twenty-four women were
> murdered at the hands of their intimate partners or exes in Puerto Rico in
> 2018 alone.
> The grim reality is that thousands of women in Puerto Rico suffer from
> aggression, intimidation or some type of expression of male violence daily,
> including physical, emotional and sexual violence. The statistics are
> frightening and continue to get worse with every passing day.
> In response to this crisis, the Colectiva Feminista en Construcción
> (Feminist Collective in Construction) has led the way in building a
> movement against gender-based violence in Puerto Rico.
> The lack of action on the part of the government has contributed to a
> great upsurge in gender-based violence in Puerto Rico. The violence is
> fueled by many factors in society, and there are many interrelated forms of
> violence.
> The public bankrolling of Fiscal Control Board, the body which is
> responsible for bankrupting the country, has contributed. So has the
> cutting of public services and resources, which plunges more people into
> poverty every day. The closing of hundreds of public schools and the
> elimination of gender studies programs has contributed to the violence —
> and it is, on its own, a form of violence. As we know well, where there is
> neoliberal austerity and growing inequality, violence against women
> increases.
> https://truthout.org/articles/the-epidemic-of-violence-against-women-in-puerto-rico/

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