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Puerto Ricans demand state of emergency amid rise in violence against women

In two weeks, at least three women were killed and a trans woman attacked.

ByCristina Corujo andJessica Mendoza
October 13, 2020, 6:04 AM
• 9 min read

As Puerto Rico struggles to recover from multiple turmoils, including an economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, another crisis plagues the territory: rising violence against women. In the past two weeks, Puerto Rican media has reported the killings of three women and an attack to a transgender woman.

According to data from Puerto Rico's Gender Equality Observatory, at least 37 direct and indirect femicides have been registered in the island from Jan. 2020 to Sept. 2020.

On Sep. 28, hundreds of Puerto Ricans took to the streets demanding that the government take action, and urging Gov. Wanda Vázquez to declare a state of emergency. Protesters held signs in Old San Juan that read, "Estado de Emergencia YA," ("State of Emergency Now," in English) and "Ni Una Más Ni Una Menos," (which roughly translates to "Not One More, Nor One Less" ).

Hours before the protest, authorities confirmed the death of Rosimar Rodríguez, a 20-year-old woman who was kidnapped on Sept. 17 and found dead inside a car in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Officials are still investigating her death.


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