Femicides in Mexico: In So-Called War on Drugs, Women Are the Main Victims
Dia de los Muertos protest: No More Femicide! (Tumblr)
In a rally outside the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) in Mexico City, feminist and woman’s rights organizations denounced the fact that femicides are constant in the country as a whole, and not only in Ciudad Juarez, a city in the northern state of Chihuahua on the border with the United States.
Seven women are killed every day in Mexico, say the activists, and in the so-called war on drugs, women are the main victims. According to the Mexican statistical institute INEGI, the total femicides in 2011 nationwide surpassed 2,693. In some Mexican states, femicides are 15 times higher than the global average.
With a huge banner that said, “For thousands of disappeared women in the country, for the 43 disappeared students in Ayotzinapa,” they expressed the fact that femicides are one more manifestation of the situation of insecurity and repression that prevails in the country.
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. According to United Nations data, violence against women can be physical, sexual, psychological and economic and affects women of all ages. Up to 70 percent of women experience violence in their lifetime. The most common form of violence experienced by women globally is physical violence inflicted by an intimate partner, with women beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused.
Read the rest at Televisión del Sur
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