It is as widespread as a popular sport – from rural provinces to dense slums and high-wired towns. There are no real winners, only victims.
Violence against girls and women in Brazil pervades private and public landscapes across all social boundaries.
As the Latin American nation proudly wrapped up its stint as host country of the world’s biggest sporting event – the Rio 2016 Olympics – the screams of girls and women demanding game over are only beginning to get louder.
Thousands of women and girls across Brazil suffer violence at the hands of men every year, simply because of their gender. Much of this violence stems from the culture of machismo, which is deeply entrenched in many Brazilian communities. It affects the choices girls make and events that shape their future.