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    The rate of femicide in the region doesn't surprise the U.N. Women director for Latin America and the Carribean. | Photo: La Semana

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U.N. Women in Latin America and the Carribean released a report highlighting the need for a focused approach to the problem.

Femicide in Latin America has increased in recent years, according to Luisa Caravalho, the director the United Nations Women Agency in the Americas and Carribean.

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"Femicide and other forms of violence against women in the region continue growing and the application of justice continues being limited with a rate of 98 percent immunity" for offenders, Caravalho stated today in El Salvador while releasing a new study on the subject.

She also observed that the amount of violence against women in the region "isn't surprising."

Of the 25 nations with the highest rate of violence against women, 14 are in Latin America.

"El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, three neighboring countries, present some of the highest rates of femicide of the planet," the study highlights.

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El Salvador was ranked the worst: 14 out of 100,000 women are killed for reasons related to gender.

The report also said that the number of women from these countries who emigrated to the United States surpassed 12,000 in 2014. The number of women under 18 years of age from these countries detained while trying to cross into the U.S. alone increased 77 percent.

"These figures help to understand how humanitarian action needs to be adapted to meet the particular needs of different target groups," said Carvalho.

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