A new law in Argentina broadens the definition of violence against women to include acts of aggression that go beyond the scope of the family setting.
The legislation looks outside of the home by targeting sexual, psychological and even workplace degradation, reports Inter Press Service.
Now, any act directed against a woman that causes “a loss of self-esteem” or tries to control a woman’s actions by “threats, harassment, bullying, manipulation, isolation” and more is illegal.
Although the legislation looks good on the books, experts fear implementing it could be tough.
Women’s advocates say the political will to overcome “machista” traditions, as well as adequate budgets for the institutions charged with enforcing the law, may be lacking.
Similar laws have already been approved in other Latin American countries, including Spain, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Guatemala and Colombia, with mixed reviews.
“ARGENTINA: Bold New Law on Violence Against Women”
Inter Press Service, March 12, 2009