Chiapas/Oaxaca: Commemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead

November 13, 2013


Photo @Popular Campaign against Violence against Women and Femicide in Chiapas

Due to the alarming number of femicides that has taken place in the state, activists and different organizations which form part of the Popular Campaign against Violence against Women and Femicide in Chiapas organized different activities and set up an altar in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. On the altar was collected white crosses made of paper to denounce the violent deaths and femicides of more than 80 women this year, a statistic that places the state of Chiapas fifth among other Mexican states in terms of the number of femicides.

In Oaxaca City, there was offered bread, fruit, flowers, liquor, and candles on an altar that was installed aside a Oaxacan university to commemorate the women who have been killed in Oaxaca and throughout the country.  Prayers were offered for female victims of violence, “recalling their names, their ages, their work, their successes, who it was who attacked them, and what the status is of their legal processes,” as Daniela Ramírez explained, a member of the International Diplomat in Studies of Women and the Group on Femicide in the Republic.

Presented just a few days ago, the report “From survivors to defenders: Women who confront violence in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala,” as compiled by the Initiative of Nobel Prize Winning Women, warns that the problem of femicide and violation of human rights in Mexico has reached “crisis” levels.  The report notes that in Mexico 6.4 women are killed per day, with 95% of these crimes going unpunished, according to data from the report and the UN.

For more information (in Spanish):

Recuerdan a mujeres víctimas de feminicidio en Chiapas (Reporte ciudadano, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

En recuerdo de las muertas por la barbarie de los machos en Oaxaca (NSS Oaxaca, 1 de noviembre de 2013)

Exigen “ni una muerta más” en el país (Educa Oaxaca, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

Crecen 40% feminicidios en México (Diario de Oaxaca, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

Feminicidios alcanzan nivel de “crisis” en México: Informe de premios Nobel; cada día asesinan a 6.4 mujeres (Sin Embargo, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Marches against violence against women and femicide (26 October 2013)

Chiapas: Careful, patriarchy kills! Presentation of the “Campaign against violence against women and femicide in Chiapas” (3 October 2013)

Chiapas: Women declare alert over gender violence (20 July 2013)

Chiapas: Increase in feminicide and State Accord for Gender Equality (22 April 2013)

Chiapas: Colem Group of Women take action against feminicide (19 October 2012)


Chiapas: International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

December 3, 2009

The United Nations has declared November 25th “International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women”. This date was chosen in commemoration of the brutal assassination of the three Marabal sisters under the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic in 1960.

Rashida Manjoo, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on violence against women, affirmed that “all women have the right to live free of violence” and called for the States to assume the responsibility to end violence in the lives of women. On the eve of the day, Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the UN, announced that “at some point in their lives 70 percent of the world’s women suffer from physical or sexual aggression on the part of a man, who in the majority of cases is the husband, partner, or someone the woman knows. This is unacceptable.”

Women from independent organizations, indigenous women, members of The Other Campaign, syndicates, and international women all marched in the streets of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas to call attention to the violent situations from which women continue to suffer.

During a meeting in the city’s center one woman said, “Today we remember the heroic, dignified and rebellious fight; this is a day of reflection and of anger and denunciation of the different forms of violence that we suffer as women.”

The public declaration by the organizers of the march stated, “We call to the women and men of both country and city to resist in a civil and peaceful manner, and to build alternatives that are equal across gender, class, and ethnicity in terms of economy, nutrition, education, sanitary, and security.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento politico organizaciones en Chiapas

Indymedia Chiapas (26 de noviembre de 2009)

Hacen recuento de los atropellos contra mujeres (La Jornada, 26 de noviembre)

Informe presentado a CIDH sobre la violencia institucional contra las mujeres en México (noviembre de 2009)

Oaxaca: event against feminicide

April 27, 2009

On April 17, in Oaxaca City, more than 20 organizations protested the killing of women and called for an investigation into the ongoing feminicide in Oaxaca. During a press conference, the attending organizations demanded justice for the murdered women. According to the press release, during this year there have been “13 killings in Oaxaca” and “impunity continues in Oaxaca”. They demanded that “the attorney general’s office immediately begin an investigation into the killing of women” as well as put a stop to “the machismo (sexism) which permeates the government and continues claiming the lives of women”.

They denounced that “according to the report on Violence Against Women in Oaxaca by the Federal House of Deputies, Oaxaca is second place in the number of killings of women and children. 549 women were killed in the last 10 years. According to the official statistics, on average almost 5 women (4.8) are killed each month in Oaxaca.”

Finally, the organizations signed a declaration which “urges the implementation of a law dealing with violence against women”.

Interview with Laura Jiménez García of Consorcio (In Spanish):

For More Information (In Spanish):

Boletín de prensa, Consorcio (17/04/2009)

“En Oaxaca asesinan a 1 mujer cada 8 días, consignan los medios”, El Sur (17/04/2009)


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