Statistical information on violence against women in Latin America. A dialogue between Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay

Mexico City, September 30, 2022. The UNODC-INEGI Center of Excellence in Statistical Information on Government, Crime, Victimization and Justice (CoE) in collaboration with the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) organized the First REGIONAL WEBINAR: “What do we know (and what do we not know) about violence against women in Latin America?”, which brought together Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay.

Natalia Reyes, head of the Gender Information System of the National Women’s Institute (InMujeres) of the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES) provided the main results of the National Survey on Prevalence of Gender-based Violence and Generations (EVBGG) 2020, which showed that 54.4% of women in Uruguay have experienced violence throughout their lives.

On the other hand, Alejandra Ríos Cázares of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) of Mexico, presented the National Survey on the Dynamics of Household Relationships (ENDIREH) 2021, from which  it is possible to know the prevalence of violence against women aged 15 and over, and amounts to more than 70%.

Meanwhile, Laurana Malacalza of the Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity of Argentina, shared some of the most relevant data from the Survey on Prevalence of Violence against Women 2022, one of which shows that 45% of women who are or have been in a relationship have faced some type of violence in the domestic sphere.

In this line, Marisol Carrasco of the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) of Ecuador pointed out, among other data provided by the National Survey on Family Relations and Gender Violence against Women (ENVIGMU) 2019, that about 65% of women have experienced at least one act of violence in their lifetime.

Through the presentations, important advances in statistical information, similarities in the dimensions of the problem, as well as theoretical and methodological coincidences and divergences that exist between the participating countries in the measurement of violence against women were observed. Salomé Flores-Sierra, coordinator of the CoE, enphasized the importance of continuing with this exchange of experiences to improve statistics on gender violence.

This Webinar is available at the UNODC You Tube Channel in the following link: