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Mexican Women Proclaim “No More!” To Violence
By admin May 20, 2016

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Femicide and other violence against women has become a nation wide epidemic in Mexico, increasing over the last two decades, despite global trends favoring the rights of women. While the Border States have a reputation for abusing maquiladora factory women, who are often poor and indigenous, the violence is not exclusive to Northern Mexico. According to a 2013 UN Women estimate , the Guerrero state in Southern Mexico, for example, had the highest number of presumed femicides in the country at 11.9 deaths per 100,000 women. Overall, the country averaged about 7 femicides per day or 2,502 per year.

As a whole, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has some of the worst rates for female homicides in the world, according to the 2015 Geneva Declaration publication Global Burden of Armed Violence 2015: Every Body Counts . Among the twenty-five countries with the highest rates of female homicide were El Salvador (#1), Honduras (#2), Guatemala (#4), Guyana (#7), Belize (#8), Venezuela (#9), Colombia (#10), Brazil (#13), the Dominican Republic (#16), Panama (#19), Puerto Rico (#22), Mexico (#23), and Suriname (#24). Among the top five countries with the greatest increases in female homicide rates from 2011 to 2014 were, in order, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico. Although Mexico may not be the worst in the region, the increase of violence and intensity of violence, especially directed toward women, has increasingly raised alarm throughout the country.

Violence against women has coincided with an uptick in overall violence as well as systemic, institutional, societal and cultural triggers. Heightened efforts to tackle the war on drugs have been devastating for citizen security in Mexico as women get caught up in the crossfire between cartels, gangs, police and security forces.

While gender may be a factor in these killings, other societal forces more directly contribute to violence against women in particular. A culture of machismo and the expectation for women to fit into certain gender roles perpetuates attacks on women who are perceived not to fit those roles or whose lives are deemed disposable.

Unfortunately, in many areas, the justice system is overwhelmed at best and corrupt at worst. Friends and families of victims complain of victim-blaming, red tape, and unresponsiveness from authorities as they seek justice for their assaulted, disappeared and murdered loved ones.

As a result, citizens, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations have begun to take it into their own hands to change the culture of violence against women. UN Women has a regional office to help monitor conditions and advocate for women. The National Citizens’ Observatory of Femicide (Observatorio Cuidadano Nacional del Feminicidio (OCNF)) is a grassroots organization that maintains statistics and advocates for justice for victims of femicide. Others have taken to the streets with pink crosses in protest. On April 24th, tens of thousands of protestors marched on Mexico City in defiance of sexual harassment and femicide in addition to taking to social media to show that they will no longer be silenced.

The courage of these Mexican women provides hope for women around the world who face similar violence.

For more information:

WHO Femicide Information Sheet

UN Women

Virtual Knowledge Center to End Violence Against Women and Girls

The Geneva Declaration’s Global Burden of Armed Violence 2015

Observatorio Cuidadano Nacional del Feminicidio

Mexico’s Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Women

Violence against women ‘pandemic’ in Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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