A Movement Against Machismo

Latin America has some of the highest rates of violence against women—and university campuses are far from immune.  
A lack formal reporting protocol—or an unwillingness to enforce policies—has long enabled a “culture of machismo” that allows bad actors to maintain thriving careers on campus.
But scientists demanding more accountability are gaining huge momentum across Latin America with marches, campus takeovers—and this letter signed by 250 researchers.
The high-profile firing of a Colombian university’s top biologist has brought the issue to a boiling point. But the chaotic process of his ouster underscores just how far there is to go towards institutionalizing accountability.

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