As the modern world comes to embrace ideas such as dating sites, like latin-brides.net, people around the world come to accept a more open and lax, but still respectful treatment of gender and sexuality.

Apparently, that’s hit a bit of a snag in Latin America, as women’s rights in the region have encountered some opposition in the form of conservative and fundamentalist ideologies.

The issue was mentioned by the Argentinean lawyer Susana Chiarotti, a member of the Advisory Council of the Latin America Committee for the Defence of Women’s Rights (CLADEM), who stated that this was a concerning issue. She took note of this problem plaguing women’s rights at the most appropriate day; the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, held every November 25.

That day marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which continues up until Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, led by UNiTE, wherein different sub-agencies of the United nations work together to promote and ensure human rights.

According to Chiarotti, these conservative and fundamentalist movements; anti-women’s rights campaigns, aren’t scattered, random or disorganized. They have a clear structure, setup, financial backing and coordinated. Chiarotti says that conservative sectors across Latin America are connected with each other, and coordinate with each other. Which she says is clear by how the counter-movement against women’s rights is properly reproduced in multiple Latin America counties like Bolivia, Argentina, and Dominican Republic, among others.

A report by the UN Women agency and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), shows data reinforcing Chiarotti’sstatements, that while there are national policies aimed at protecting women across Latin America, the high rates of violence in Latin America remain a serious issue.

The report, dubbed From Commitment to Action: Policies to End Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean warns that, even with new policies for protecting women’s rights, the number of femicides in the region is going up, with 40% of which are the result domestic violence.

According to women’s right activists, this anti-feminist and trans-homophobic countermovement stems from ultraconservative people from evangelical Christian communities, the type of people who would oppose something like latin-brides.net, who claim that they simply uphold the traditional values of the heterosexual couples.

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