The Ministry of the Interior issued a Gender Violence Alert against Women (AVGM) through the National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence against Women (CONAVIM in its Spanish acronym) in eight municipalities in the state of Guerrero: Acapulco de Juarez, Ayutla de los Libres, Chilpancingo de los Bravos, Coyuca de Catalan, Iguala de la Independencia, Jose Azueta, Ometepec and Tlapa de Comonfort.
The Secretary of the Interior reported that the state government will have a period of six months to design a work program and security measures that will be implemented before a gender alert, “with information accessible to the population, as well as designing and immediately implementing a strategy for the recovery of public spaces and the prevention of violence through the implementation of specific security measures in areas at risk.”
In June 2016, the Guerrero Association against Violence against Women had asked the federal authorities to issue a gender-based violence alert, due to high case statistics.
For his part, Governor Hector Astudillo Flores, who led the meeting with women, called “The Government of Guerrero, Committed to Women’s Rights” in Chilpancingo, and independently of the process coordinated by CONAVIM, announced seven urgent actions to eliminate and address all types of violence against women. He acknowledged that based on statistics, from 2009 to 2016 there were 744 cases of intentional homicides of women and girls; and since December 2010, when the crime of femicide was typified in the Guerrero Criminal Code, 142 cases of femicide have been registered.
Members of the Feminist Alliance of the state of Guerrero questioned, however, if the statements of Astudillo are part of a political and media ploy. They reported that so far in 2017 more than 50 femicides have been registered throughout the state .
For more information in Spanish:
Emiten Alerta de Género en 8 municipios de Guerrero (SDP Noticias, 21 de junio de 2017)
Estas son las acciones para atender la violencia de género en Guerrero (Animal Político, 21 de junio de 2017)
Segob declara Alerta de Violencia de Género en ocho municipios de Guerrero (Animal Político, 22 de junio de 2017)
Alerta de género de Astudillo, cálculo político y mediático: feministas (Quadratin Guerrero, 23 de junio de 2017)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Chiapas: Sigue la violencia hacia las mujeres (24 de febrero de 2017)
Oaxaca: Registra Oaxaca 500 mujeres asesinadas durante el sexenio de Gabino Cué Monteagudo (12 de septiembre de 2016)