More Women are Going Missing in the Pandemic

Violence against women is pervasive in Latin America at the best of times, but the pandemic has exacerbated those dangers. In Peru, 1,400+ women have disappeared since March, when the country entered a COVID-19 state of emergency.  
 
“How can women still disappear if we're all behind closed doors?” asks gender violence researcher Jelke Boesten of King's College London.
 
The trend seems to suggest these women are experiencing violence at home—underscored by the skyrocketing number of calls placed to domestic violence hotlines in Peru and elsewhere.
 
In an effort to find their loved ones, some have taken their search online with the Facebook group Mujeres Desaparecidas, or Missing Women.
 
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