Pedro Pierluisi, governor of Puerto Rico, announced a state of emergency due to gender violence on the island through a decree.
The rallies were held in many countries, marking the beginning of 16 days of activism.
Demonstrators in Chile were demanding "a comprehensive law to tackle gender violence that includes domestic violence, abuse and sexual harassment."
After the wave of complaints of sexual harassment that has flooded the headlines and social networks, the battle against Gender Violence is more urgent than ever.
“La violencia de pareja es la raíz de gran parte de la violencia que vemos en nuestras calles y en nuestro mundo de hoy”. Jeannine L. Lisitski, Directora Ejecutiva y Presidenta de Women Against Abuse desde el 2009.
"Relational violence is at the root of so much of the violence that we see on our streets and in our world today.” - Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director & President of Women Against Abuse since 2009
Gender violence has become a worrying issue in Latin America, not only because of its social and Human impact, but because it has an economic cost too. The economic cost of gender violence in Latin America represents between 1% and 4% of the Latin America's GDP, according to a recent report of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).