Governor Requests 'Gender Alert' in Mexican State Suffering Wave of Women Killings
Daniel Hernandez - VICE News
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July 12, 2015
The Femicide Crisis in the State of Mexico - Full Length (VICE News)
The governor of the state in Mexico suffering a wave of women killings has requested a "gender alert" for 11 municipalities where unknown figures of women and girls have been killed or kidnapped in recent years.
Governor Eruviel Avila of the State of Mexico said he was requesting the alert to Mexico's interior ministry during an event with the Institute for Women.
The alert is a legal mechanism that prioritizes investigations and uses special protocols in homicide cases known as "femicides" for their extreme gender-rooted violence, including the rape and torture of victims.
"The gender alert will allow us to reinforce our public policies in favor of women," Avila said on Thursday. "While we are not the state with the highest index of crimes against women, our commitment to them is so strong, that even if just one case of femicide existed, we should be alert."
Violence against women and the unsolved disappearances of hundreds of girls in the State of Mexico in recent years is the subject of a recent VICE News documentary, "The Murdered Women of the State of Mexico."
Avila's request however was met with muted approval from advocates of women's rights and organizations monitoring gender violence in the State of Mexico, known also as Edomex.
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