Femicide cases increase in Cuba
In the first half of this year, 24 women have been murdered, while four have faced attempted assaults.
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According to the independent platform Yo Si Te Creo in Cuba alongside other organizations, cases of violence against women is on the rise in Cuba, but there is a lack of official data on the subject.
The organization said that most of the women victims are young women from rural communities and that the aggressors are usually partners or ex-partners.
Although many women manage to escape the violence, others "end up being killed because something or everything in the institutional, family and community systems fails," the group lamented.
These forms of violence do not only occur in the institutional space, but also in the family and community spheres.
For this year, the average age of the victims is 29.6 years, while last year it was 36.9. According to data from the organization collective, at least 43.7% of the women were killed by their current partner and 37.5% left orphaned children.
For her part, the Deputy Regional Director of UN Women for the Americas and the Caribbean, Cecilia Alemany explained that "in the case of Cuba there is an increase in public denunciations and visibility of the cases, especially on the Internet and social networks."
She added that all femicides are alarming and also highlighted the joint work that has been maintained with government institutions and Cuban organizations for more than a decade despite not having offices in the country.
Another issue is the late reaction on the part of the family members when it comes to denouncing the crime, since "many of them result in sexual or other types of femicides," said the organization Yo Sí Te Creo (Yes I Believe You).
Currently, the Cuban government does not make figures of gender violence public. The most recent data on the issue is from 2016.
Cuba also does not have a notification system for missing minors known as "Amber Alert" around the world, which the organizations consider a deficiency of the work.
For this reason, they demand a law against gender violence and that femicide be typified in the Penal Code, which was approved last May.