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MEF says violence against women decreased 50%  

August 24, 2011

The Department of Social and Economic Analysis of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) said that based on data from the Panamanian Observatory against Gender Violence of the Ombudsman and the review they have done for them, reveal that 17 women lost life in a violent manner from January to April of this year, but even this figure represents a decrease of 50% over the same period last year.

MEF analysts indicate in its report that the total recorded from January to April of 2011, 7 cases had no connection with the woman as such, but nevertheless, 6 cases were ex-partner and 2 couples. The other 2 cases not apply in any gender violence categories. As for the age of the 17 women killed by men, most were under 30 years of age. Specifically, 7 women were between 21 and 30 years of age, 5 between 11 and 20 years, 2 between 41 and 50 years, 1 between 31 and 40, 1 over 50 years and 1 less than 11 years.

MEF's report reveals that 47.1% of cases, men killed women with guns, 35.3% did so with knives and blunt objects. There was no murder by strangulation or shock.

The highest number of killings occurred in the province of Panama with 11 victims, followed by 2 victims Chiriqui and Cocle, Herrera, Los Santos and Ngöbe with 1 case each. In the provinces of Bocas del Toro, Colon, Darien and Veraguas there were no such cases.

Finally, the paper of the MEF, said on the subject of gender violence, which left the 17 victims in the orphanage for 22 daughters and sons who are mostly minors. 

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