Chiapas: Already Five Femicides in January

colectivas-dos-600x450@Sandra de los Santos/Chiapas Paralelo

Chiapas has already registered five femicides so far in 2019. The bodies of the victims were found in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Comitan, Amatenango del Valle, and San Cristobal de Las Casas (two). Four of the five femicides occurred in a space of three days, from the thirteenth to the fifteenth of January.

From November 18th, 2016, a Gender Violence Alert against Women (GVAW) was activated in Chiapas. It includes its own budget, and is specifically focused on the municipalities of Comitan, Chiapa de Corzo, San Cristobal, Tapachula, Tonala, Tuxtla Gutierrez, and Villaflores. Despite this alert, Chiapas registered 23 femicides in 2018. All this raises doubts about the effectiveness of this form of intervention to stop violence against women. Currently the GVAW is active in 18 states in Mexico with results that are not very convincing either.

On January 26th, activists held a march in the center of Tuxtla Gutierrez against femicide and other types of violence against women to protest the lack of public policies that effectively stop these trends.

For more information in Spanish:

Se Registran Cuatro Feminicidios en las Últimas 72 Horas, en Chiapas El Universal, 15 de enero de 2019.

En lo que va del 2019 suman cuatro feminicidios en Chiapas La Prensa, 23 de enero de 2019.

Un feminicidio más en Chiapas Alerta Chiapas, 25 de enero de 2019.

Realizan caminata mujeres en protesta por falta de políticas públicas para detener violencia Chiapas Paralelo, 26 de enero de 2019.

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: OSC denuncian omisiones en investigación y combate a feminicidios (August 16th, 2018)

Chiapas/National: Femicides on the Rise (May 24th, 2018)

Chiapas: Another Femicide at the Start of the Year (February 4th, 2018)


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