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Macalester College

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Fall 2014

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Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change


This project explores the concept of femicide from a unique perspective, by analyzing the effect that Law #348: The Internal Law to Guarantee Women a Life Without Violence after a year that it passed during the Morales' administration. I examine two crucial questions to this study: 1) How do we explain the paradox that although this law has passed, today we see an increase in the number of femicides in Bolivia? 2) What are the obstacles that prevent that application of law 348 3) What can we do to put a stop to femicides? I demonstrate that several factors like revicitimization of the judicial system, lack of resources, corruption, and impunity all contribute to a culture that does not respect a women's decision to denounce her aggressor and that does not fulfill the legal process. The theme of femicide is a very profound topic and we are recently seeing the effects this law has had and the societal response. As a result, I will try my best to expand on the work of my previous colleagues and offer some clues that may answer my research questions.


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Comparative and Foreign Law | Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Latin American Studies | Law | Law and Gender | Sexuality and the Law | Women's Studies


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