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A Painful Reality: Many Mexican Females Suffer Discrimination and Violence

Alberto Valderrabano - The News
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May 11, 2015

Journalist Andalusia Knoll discusses increasing number of 'femicides' within Mexico (CCTV America)

Since the National Action Party (PAN) government declared war on organized crime in 2006, violence has changed into a characteristic of various states. Woman and girls are most affected in states where violence is considered part of everyday life.

“Violence against women in Mexico can be described like the tip of an iceberg,” the United Nations report, “A Look at Femicide in Mexico 2010-2011” said. “Under the surface there are complicated systemic problems which can only be understood in the context of, on the one hand, income inequality rooted in society and, on the other, a government and judicial system that are divided at various levels and don’t efficiently respond to violent crimes, including domestic violence.”

That is how the U.N. defines the violence that Mexican women live with every day. Beyond the numbers, it reflects a painful reality of aggression and murder suffered by thousands of Mexican women.

In a primordially macho sociocultural environment, attacks against women, which in thousands of cases end in femicide, are considered “normal.” At the same time, it minimizes their seriousness and promotes impunity.

Source: UNODC

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