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2014 was another busy year! Many projects and partnerships, the holding of the Dialogues of the XIX Fund Competition in partnership with the AVON Institute, some internal changes and our presence at national and international events that are important for our work.
2015 comes with great prospects, partnerships already signed and the certainty that we will continue to stand firm in the fight for women's rights and empowerment.
On the national scene , we ended 2014 with a fine performance by the women's caucus in the Senate, which succeeded in including femicide in the Penal Code (PLS 292/2013).Veja Mais
On December 18, 2014, the Senate Plenary approved the inclusion of femicide in the Penal Code as a qualifying circumstance for the crime of homicide (PLS 292/2013). Feminicide is the term used to define homicide committed against women because of their gender or through domestic and/or sexual violence. The expectation is that the inclusion of the new legal provision will reduce the number of deaths of women in the country. The bill is due to be voted on in the Chamber of Deputies and originates from the Joint CPI on Violence against Women, which found that the approval of the Maria da Penha Law (Law 11.340/2006) was a starting point, rather than an end point, in the fight against violence against women. The defense of the inclusion of femicide in the Penal Code is in line with the recommendation of the United Nations (UN).
The approval of the text sounded like a response to the statements made by Congressman Jair Bolsonaro (PP-RJ), who recently said on the floor of the Chamber that he wouldn't rape Congresswoman Maria do Rosário (PT-RS) because "she wouldn't deserve it". "Congress cannot remain impassive in the face of such barbarity and remain silent on the issue. That's why it's important to vote on the bill," said Gleisi Hoffmann. The penalty for femicide is 12 to 30 years in prison. The bill now goes to the Chamber of Deputies for consideration.
Several countries have adopted legal instruments to combat femicide. In Mexico, the penalty is up to 60 years in prison. There is also legislation of this kind in Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru, among others.
On the international scene,
a little hope for more peace and justice for the world with the resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the USA.