On July 26, 2016, Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced a national plan to decrease domestic violence and “femicide” incidents (referring to the gender-based targeting and murder of women).
The government's three-year plan will introduce:
- Gender violence awareness as part of the national school curriculum.
- Creation of a network of women's refuges
- Increased funding to electronically monitor individuals with a history of violence towards women
Many Latin American countries have introduced tougher penalties for femicide crimes in recent years, but women's rights groups say more is needed. Last year, 235 women lost their lives due to gender violence incidents in Argentina.
For more information:
Argentina proposes electronic tracking for men prone to violence toward women - UPI
Argentina announces new plan to curb gender violence - BBC