On July 23rd, the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) released its conclusions on the violence faced by women in Mexico based on the ninth periodic report submitted by the Mexican authorities in Geneva, Switzerland, this month. Although there is legal reinforcement to prevent and eradicate violence against women, CEDAW regretted that the “persistent high levels of insecurity, violence and organized crime, as well as the challenges associated with public security strategies, negatively affect the enjoyment of those rights of women and girls.”
He urged the authorities to take “urgent measures to prevent violent deaths, homicides and forced disappearances of women, which includes addressing the roots of the problem, such as violence, armed violence, organized crime, drug trafficking, discriminatory stereotypes and marginalization.” It demanded that the Mexican State ensure that “the authors are investigated, prosecuted and punished appropriately” for acts of violence against women, which include state and non-state players. It also made recommendations on the rights and sexual and reproductive health of girls and women.
The same report reported on the issuance of gender violence alerts (some requested and others specified) in the great majority of the national territory, but recognized limitations to the mechanism when proposing recommendations such as “harmonizing and expanding the application and coordination at the federal, state and municipal levels for Gender Violence Alerts against women” or “ensure participation in the mechanism of CSOs and human rights defenders.”
It also highlighted “the urgency of guaranteeing the rights of vulnerable populations such as the LGBTI population, indigenous women, rural women, human rights defenders and journalists”, as well as including specific recommendations for Mexico on migrant women, asylum seekers and refugees.
The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH in its Spanish acronym) immediately reported that it will responsibly monitor the attention to each of the 53 action recommendations and the four disclosure recommendations addressed to the Mexican State, and ratified its commitment announced before the CEDAW to give timely follow-up to its implementation and compliance.
For more information in Spanish:
Admite convención esfuerzos para evitar violencia de género; cifras no los avalan (La Jornada, 29 de julio de 2018)
Los asesinatos de niñas muestran otra cara de los feminicidios en México (ADN Político, 28 de julio de 2018)
Tres asesinatos de niñas cimbran a México; la ONU urge al Estado proteger ya a mujeres y menores (Sin Embargo, 26 de julio de 2018)
CEDAW emite recomendaciones a México por violencia contra las mujeres (Regeneración, 25 de julio de 2018)
Comité CEDAW emite observaciones a México sobre derechos de las mujeres luego de 9ª revisión (ONU Mujeres, 24 de julio de 2018)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Guerrero : se disparan los feminicidios a pesar de Alerta de Género (8 de junio de 2018)
Guerrero: feminicidios a la alza en 2017 (11 de enero de 2018)
Nacional/Internacional: Se lanza la campaña 16 días de activismo contra la violencia hacia las mujeres (30 de noviembre de 2017)