Women and Allies Tell Government to Punish Femicide in Mexico! 3/2020

Mexican women and allies tell Government to do more to stop the killing of women (femicide). Women across Mexico stayed home on Monday, 3/9/20, as part of a 24-hour strike called ‘Day Without Women‘ to protest exploding levels of murder of women and girls in Mexico. The strike was one day after International Women’s Day on Sunday, 3/8/20, when some 80,000 women marched in Mexico City to protest gender killings and sexual abuse. Women in Raleigh had their own rally at the Mexican Consulate on Friday, 3/6/20.

Martha Hernandez talks about femicide in Mexico, and about Mexican Consulate not meeting with Mexicans about this. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

One of the organizers of the protest in Raleigh was Martha Hernandez who spoke at the 2020 Raleigh Women’s March. The message was Not One More women or girl should be killed, Not One More murderer should get away with the crimes.

Not One More! Rally for Mexican Women’s Lives. At Mexican Consulate in S. Raleigh. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

The event included people motivated to be outside on a cold Friday evening, some press, homemade signs, pictures of murdered women taped up on wall, pink cross with Ni Una Menos! There were speakers, including Martha Hernandez. Later, another organizer gave each protester a slip of paper on which was written something like “For my friend!” “For my sister!” “For my cousin!” “For my mother-in-law!” After every slip was read, the group shouted “Justice!” (Justicia!)

The femicide rate in Mexico keeps rising! Two recent murders contributed to the mass protest in Mexico. You don’t want to know what was done to a woman, and separately to a 7 year old girl. According to national laws, it is called femicide, feminicide, or aggravated homicide due to gender.  At this event, it was called feminicide. 

Mexicans abroad ask the Mexican Government to punish the killers of women! (To apply stronger penalties). Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

NPR reports “About 10 women are killed in Mexico each day. There’s a name for the killing of women because of their gender: femicide. Mexico has tracked femicides for the past eight years. In February, the country’s attorney general said femicides have increased 137% over the last five years, four times more than the general homicide rate.

El Universal adds that “at least 10 women are killed every day, four children go missing, and authorities rarely solve cases or punish criminals. ” This is the terrible situation in Mexico and why Mexican women are pushing back.

The organizers were upset and annoyed that the Mexican Consulate did not allow the rally to move inside, in fact the Mexican Consulate staff did not meet with the group or interact with them in any way. The group included women, children, and a local Pastor who is also from Mexico.

Carmen Gum Speaks. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

The 2018 rates of femicide in Latin America and the Carribean are available at “Gender Equality Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean rates of femicide.” According to that, “The Latin American countries with the highest rate of femicide per 100,000 women are: El Salvador (6.8), Honduras (5.1), Bolivia (2.3), Guatemala (2.0) and the Dominican Republic (1.9).” One can see on the chart that Mexico has the second highest number of femicides, but is a larger country, so the rate is lower. El Salvador and Honduras have among the highest rates of femicide in the world, and have for years.

Related Articles:

“‘Hell for women’: In Mexico, women strike, march against gender killings, sexual abuse,” 3/9/20, https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/hell-women-mexico-women-strike-march-against-gender-killings-sexual-n1153081

“Mexican Women Stay Home To Protest Femicides In ‘A Day Without Us’ – https://www.npr.org/2020/03/09/813699719/mexican-women-stay-home-to-protest-femicides-in-a-day-without-us

“Mexican women call for a national strike after a series of brutal femicides,” 2/19/20, https://www.eluniversal.com.mx/english/mexican-women-call-national-strike-after-series-brutal-femicides

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