Women know the risk of only existing in Mexicohowever, for some it is still incomprehensible the degree of gender violence reached in the country.
While globally only slightly more than 30 per cent of women are victims of physical, psychological and sexual violence, in Mexico it reaches up to 70 percentwhich is creepy, sentenced Felicia Knau in the forum Sexual Violence Research Initiative SVRI 2022.
Also co-chair of the Lancet Commission on Gender Violence and Mistreatment of Young Peopleas well as director of the Institute for Advanced Studies for the Americas at the University of Miami, Knaul warned at the forum that in Mexico the issue of gender violence has not been given the place it deserves.
“Not a minor risk factor […] It is not only a health issue, it is education, it is the labor market, the public and private sectors; leadership required“, he pointed.
According to National Survey on the Dynamics of Relationships in Households (ENDIREH) 2021, psychological violence is the most prevalent in the country (51.6 percent), followed by sexual (49.7 percent) and physical (34.7 percent) violence.
In the data of National Institute of Statistic and Geography (INEGI), of 50.5 million women aged 15 or older, the 70.1 percent has experienced at least one situation of violence throughout his life.
Currently, Mexico is the seventh most dangerous country to be a woman, worldwide, since cases of femicide and gender-based violence have been constantly increasing; with various political and cultural factors, it will be a long way for these cases to cease.
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Just last year, the country recorded one of the deadliest years for women; according to him Vision of Humanity, gender-based murders grew significantlybecause Mexico went from 427 victims reported in 2015 to 1,004 in 2021, that is, an increase of 135 percent.
“In 2021, more than a quarter of the 3,750 women murdered in Mexico were classified as femicides,” the organization reiterated. “Between 2015 and 2021, the number of girls killed increased from 243 to 275and the number of murders identified as femicide more than doubled in that time.”
MEXICO, AN EXAMPLE NOT TO FOLLOW
Secondly, Linnea Sandinassociate director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), reiterated that femicide is an “intrinsically intimate” crimesince more than 40 percent of the victims of femicides in Mexico knew their murderer, therefore, 77 percent of women in the country reported feeling insecure.
“Systemic impunity in Mexico also has an impact on femicides. Mexico’s impunity rate has reached a staggering level; 93 percent of crimes went unreported or uninvestigated in 2018, and the investigation and prosecution of femicides follows that trend,” she noted.
The international organization stated that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s response has been “lukewarm”even indifferent, fueling the collective anger on the part of millions of women and feminists in the country.
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“Despite some recent moves by the AMLO administration, where they try to respond to the issue of femicides, the crisis remains unresolved; however, in previous administrations, Mexico has also failed to adequately mitigate violence in general. AMLO’s lackluster response to serious public complaints has left many Mexicans frustrated”, he reiterated for the CSIS.
Thus, they point out that Mexico has failed to address gender violence and femicide, however, this has been the case for decades; now, It should be up to AMLO to create the necessary policies to deal with the issue in Mexico.
NEW LION IN THE LOOK
Since the disappearance that culminated in the unfortunate femicide of Debanhi Escobarthe finding of Maria Fernanda Contreras and the recent case of the teacher Jhoana Abigail Liguesthe state of Nuevo León received, just on August 30, the category of national leader in femicides, with a rate of 2.5 deaths per 100 thousand womensurpassing the State of Mexico and Mexico City.
Nadine Gasmandirector of the National Institute of Women (Inmujeres), revealed that of all the municipalities that occur in the country, the 46 percent is concentrated in one hundred municipalities and 20 of them are from New Leon.
In the forum Contribution of Economic Autonomy for Substantive Equalitythe official revealed that the normalization of gender violence is what continues to allow this type of increase in the country.
”There is a society that is allowing and naturalizing violencethere are also issues that are linked to the weapons that are in the streets, to crime in general”, he turned.
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