Martha Figueroa Mier, @SIPAZ archive
Organized women from San Cristóbal de las Casas have declared an “Alert on Gender Violence” in light of the lack of response from the State to take adequate steps to arrest the feminicides and violence against women in Chiapas. Martha Figueroa Mier, member of the Collective of Women of San Cristóbal, explained that in 2012 the number of feminicides increased in the region, leaving nearly 200 dead in Chiapas. In a press conference, Figueroa and representatives of other groups of organized women explained that this year “the situation is equally as serious.” The degree of violence is repeated, and during the first sixth months 45 women have been murdered.
Figueroa said that in light of the increase of cases in municipalities such as Tuxtla and Tapachula, “it is urgent to extend and institutionalize the gender alert to the state level. The proposal for Chiapas is to implement the alert together with the authorities and so implement protocols to locate the disappeared women. The State Attorney General’s Office has been arresting some of the aggressors, identifiying them, but we need more, so as to prevent [these crimes]. It is not the same to detain a murderer of women as to prevent feminicide.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Mujeres de Chiapas decretan la alerta de violencia de género (Proceso, 3 de julio de 2013)
Activistas exigen que se decrete la alerta de género en Chiapas (Proceso, 28 de junio)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Colem Group of Women take action against feminicide (19 October 2012)