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Violence against women in Mexico does not stop and suffers from institutional indifference

Mexico City, Nov 24 (EFE) .- Violence against women continues to rise in Mexico with more than 840 femicides so far this year, a problem that outrages millions of people and fueled by the president’s own ambiguous speech Mexican, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “They tell me to go on with my life, but how? If my daughter’s murderer has no face?” Karen Reyes, mother of Renata Martinely Luna Reyes, who at the age of 13 was murdered in her own home on 29 November 2020 in the central State of Mexico. Karen suspects that the perpetrator of the murder was her ex-boyfriend, who months ago had tried to record the little girl with her mobile while she was bathing and who took advantage of the fact that one day Renata was home alone to enter, abuse her and murder her. During these months, he has sought justice but has met with the indifference of the authorities. “I know that nothing is going to return my daughter to me, but with justice I can prevent another family from suffering the same,” he insists. SERIOUS SITUATION For Teresa Ulloa, regional director of the Coalition against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean, the situation of violence against women in Mexico is “very serious, the number of women and girls who kill every day is increasing”. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is commemorated this November 25, the expert affirms that despite the fact that there are some legal advances in Mexico to confront gender violence, this problem continues to challenge the State. “Unfortunately, in the statistics” these advances are not visible, he says. Mexico is one of the most violent countries against women with the murder of more than ten women a day, according to UN Women and civil organizations. In addition, femicides continue to rise in the country after 842 cases were reported between January and October of this year, an increase of 4.9% compared to the same period in 2020. 10 YEARS IN VILE On November 21, 2010, Maribel Enciso was attacked by an unknown man who injured her in the neck with a knife to snatch her daughter María José Monroy Enciso, barely eleven months old. 10 years have passed since the daily search that Maribel and her family have done to find her daughter, and despite the fact that the culprit is imprisoned in the Texcoco prison, he has refused to declare what happened to the little girl. “As a family we have suffered institutional violence by the authorities,” she regrets, because from the beginning they have refused to support her. Despite the fact that the search for María José has left illnesses and economic crisis in the family, Maribel knows that her daughter is alive and, she assures, will not stop until she finds her. VIOLENCE RECURNS For Isabel Erreguerena, co-director of the association Equis, Justicia para las mujeres, the situation of women in Mexico has drastically worsened for several reasons. Among them are government austerity, the elimination of trusts to deliver resources directly, the denial of violence against women, the criminalization of the feminist movement by the Government and the militarization of the country. And, to all this, in the last year and a half the coronavirus pandemic was added. “There has always been gender violence in Mexico, but in covid it intensified,” he says. Remember that only in April 2020, there was a record of calls for gender violence to the 911 emergency number, with 143 per hour. In addition, it points out that in 2021 each day there have been an average of 6 victims of sexist violence, 9 victims of rape and 16 victims of sexual abuse. “And that is just the tip of the iceberg because in Mexico only one in 10 crimes are reported,” he says. THE PROBLEM CONTINUES TO INCREASE According to a recent report by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), despite having passed the period of greatest confinement due to the pandemic, violence against women in the family environment registers a sustained increase during 2021. And it is the home, the space socially assigned to women as a safe place to carry out most of their activities, where 20% of women 18 years of age or older claim to feel insecure. Furthermore, in 2020, 23.2% of homicides of women occurred inside the home, according to the most recent statistical data. The problem has grown in recent years, fueled by the impunity that exists for most crimes in Mexico and the inaction of the authorities. “The families go through inaction, indolence on the part of the State; what they do is they are the investigators, the ones who are there all the time (…) they face emotional economic costs and also a danger because they are threatened many times”, The president of Amnesty International Mexico, Marcela Villalobos, told Efe recently. Tens of thousands of women have participated in recent years in many protests throughout the country, some of them ending with strong altercations, while the López Obrador government has been highly criticized, especially because the president has disregarded the marches and linked feminism with the conservative movement. The presidential attitude, “rather than affect, what it does is generate another reason for mobilization, concern and frustration before a government that openly calls itself feminist in its speech, but in its actions because there is still a lot to do,” concludes Villalobos. (c) EFE Agency

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