Gender-based lockdown rules that fuelled rise in violence against transgender people to be lifted

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05/11/2020

Gender-based lockdown rules in Bogotá, Colombia, will be lifted after they fuelled a wave of violence against transgender people living in the city. Bogotá’s mayor, Claudia Lopez, said in a virtual press conference on Friday (May 8) that the rules, which have been in place for a month, will be lifted as of tomorrow. The measures are similar to those implemented in Peru – where the rules have also been lifted – and Panama. They have been heavily criticised by LGBT+ groups and transgender people, who say the restrictions have exposed them to violence and discrimination from people questioning their right to be outside. Under Colombia’s gender-based lockdown rules, introduced in an effort to limit the number of people on the streets during the coronavirus pandemic, men and women were allowed outside to shop on separate days.

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