One woman per seven hours will die as a result of femicide between 2016 and 2021, according to reports.
In the Amazonas state, more than one in every five cases of intentional killing of women by another person was femicidal.
The UNFPA-led workshops looked into different kinds of violence and explained how to connect with regional social support networks and the right legal protection procedures.
These include the Maria da Penha Law, which changed Brazil’s criminal code in 2006 to allow aggressors to be held if the risk of them doing an act of violence against a woman or girl was judged to be a threat to someone’s life.
The sessions are designed to teach women from indigenous communities how to share knowledge that could save their friends, family, and peers’ lives.
In Parque das Tribos, an indigenous neighborhood in Manaus, Brazil, which is the state capital of Amazonas, violence against women is common.
The sole female chief of the 4,500-person Parque das Tribos, Lutana Ribeiro, is of the Kokama ethnic group and says, “As a leader, I have encountered many things.” Women knock on my door, pleading for help.
Because there aren’t many people living in Amazonas and it’s hard to get there by air, road, or sea, it’s hard for the state to get public services like those that help with sexual and reproductive health and stop gender-based violence.