Department

Modern Languages and Literatures Department

Degree Name

BA in Modern Languages and Literatures

Date

6-2016

Advisor(s)

Karen Muñoz-Christian

Abstract/Summary

This project attempts to analyze the trend of femicide throughout Latin América. This region has become notorious for high rates of murder of women and 7 out of the ten countries with the highest rates of femicide globally, are located in Latin América. In order to more fully comprehend femicide and how it is enacted differently in different locations I will do a more thorough background of femicide within México and Guatemala; two of the countries with some of the highest rates of femicide. These two locations will provide case studies of how history has shaped the treatment of women and how it still affects millions of women today. After developing a more thorough background of the two countries I will concentrate on the commonalities which have caused femicide. I will explore the culture of machismo as a cause, as well as outside foreign influence. My research will be done mainly through use of peer reviewed journals, news sources, and books about gender based violence.

In order to stop the violence that is directed at these women throughout Latin América, we first must understand the roots of the problem and how the violence is being enacted. The Modern Languages and Literatures department puts an emphasis on not only learning the language of a region, but understanding the culture and history of a region. The cultural context is extremely important in finding a solution to femicide and the emphasis that Cal Poly MLL puts on this is why I am passionate about the subject matter and why I understand how urgent and important it is to find a solution.

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