On 14 April, to coincide with the second anniversary of the murder of female youth Itzel Janet Méndez-Pérez, there was held an action/altar in the Cathedral Plaza of San Cristóbal de las Casas with the slogan “Itzel is not forgotten.”
The event, beyond recalling the murder of Itzel, sought to organize civil society to commemorate all murdered women who have been victims of femicide and to revindicate the ongoing struggle for the memory and justice for femicide victims.
Itzel Méndez Pérez, a Tsotsil student of 17 years of age, was killed on 14 April 2012 in San Cristóbal de las Casas. Her body was found with signs of sexual abuse and beatings.
Due to the increase in the numbers of femicides and the existing impunity in the state of Chiapas, women’s and human-rights organizations from San Cristóbal de las Casas have recently proclaimed a permanent Gender Alert.
According to data from the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas, between January and October of 2013, 84 murders of women were documented, 52 of which should be categorized as femicides, with the remainder still under investigation to determine.
For more information (in Spanish):
Ni perdón. Ni olvido. 14.04.’14 (Arte Acción, 14 de abril de 2014)
A dos años del feminicidio de Itzel Yaneth Méndez Pérez (Campaña Popular Contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres y el Feminicidio en Chiapas, 14 de abril de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day (16 March 2014)
Chiapas/Oaxaca: Conmemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)
Chiapas: Women declare alert over gender violence (20 July 2013)