Now, one radio station is encouraging them to fight for their rights.
BBC Outlook's Emma Thomas visited the Palabra de Mujer radio station and attended a workshop it organised to educate women.
Excerpt on machista (macho) culture:
This is the essence of the machista culture which contributes in large degree to the idea that it is acceptable for a man to exercise violence in their role as head of the family."
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