Aixa Rizzo poses for a picture in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 18, 2015. (AP)
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Argentina considers making street harassment crimeWhen she left her house each day, Aixa Rizzo would brace for a barrage of sexually laden comments from male electricians working in her neighborhood.Frustrated by something all too common in this South American country of 41 million, Rizzo in April posted a video on YouTube about her experience.She argued that verbal assaults could lead to physical abuse.The video, seen by half a million people, touched a nerve, turning Rizzo's campaign into a cause celebre and prompting lawmakers to draft legislation that would make such street harassment a crime. Women have equal rights under the law and there are more women than men enrolled in college.The bill appears to have wide support, including among ruling party lawmakers, and two similar proposals are being considered by the municipality of Buenos Aires, the country's capital and largest city.It says that 277 women were killed violently last year, including in cases of rape and kidnapping, up from 208 in 2008, when it began to compile statistics.
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