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 At the beginning of the pandemic, women were more exposed to violence and work overload, which greatly affected their health.
At the beginning of the pandemic, women were more exposed to violence and work overload, which greatly affected their health.

Latin America was taken 20 years backward in human rights amid COVID-19

This was the warning of Aida Facio, former Costa Rican advisor to the United Nations on women's issues.

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In an interview with EFE, Aida Falcio, former Costa Rican advisor to the United Nations stressed that "throughout Latin America there have been setbacks and according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), 20 years were lost during the pandemic and it will be very difficult to recover, especially in the economic sphere."

He added that "rights were lost in every sense, because many countries took advantage of the pandemic to implement more authoritarian, less democratic policies."

At the beginning, she pointed out that at the beginning of the pandemic, women were more exposed to violence and work overload, which greatly affected their health.

In addition, "sexual violence, incest against girls and a lot of trafficking in women" increased, since the pandemic gave rise to the exploitation of "the powers that be and the mafias to increase their purchase, theft or kidnapping of girls."

For Facio, a feminist, it is necessary that "the States take concrete measures and truly implement them to achieve equality" to put an end to gender violence.

On the other hand, the former advisor pointed out the risky situation for human rights defenders living in Central America and Mexico, and the lack of resources to protect and reduce the risk.

She stressed that access to justice is precarious in Latin America, and must be improved as many do not even have the right to file a complaint.

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