Chiapas: Catrinas March Demands Justice for Femicides

@Voces Feministas

On November 1st, groups of women and relatives of victims of femicide held the “Catrinas March” in San Cristobal de las Casas, Comitan and Tuxtla Gutierrez to demand justice for women victims of femicide and highlight violence against women.

The Feminist Observatory against Violence against Women of Chiapas reports that from 2016 to 2020 “there were more than 900 violent deaths of women.” For its part, the National Survey on the Dynamics of Household Relationships (ENDIREH) reported that from 2016 to 2018, “Chiapas has a rate of 1.6 femicides per 100 thousand women, a percentage only surpassed by Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco and Veracruz.”

The women recalled the impunity in cases of extreme sexist violence in Chiapas: “They died, but previously they denounced family violence, without obtaining any response from the prosecution; the cases have not been investigated with a gender perspective, a recurring fact in all cases of violent deaths.”

During the mobilization, Chiapas was recognized for having one of the best protocols for investigating femicide at the national level. However, there is little recognition of the problem, normalization of violence, absence of anthropological and psychosocial expertise to contextualize the private and public violence they suffer, lack of a gender perspective and political will to deal with cases as a priority.

They requested the strengthening of context analysis and social expert opinions to identify the antecedents of violence that women victims of femicide suffered previously; and that public officials who by action or omission have obstructed access to justice for women be punished.

“We have identified the resistance of the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate with a gender perspective, which is essential for clarifying the facts, access to truth and justice. For them, we raise our voices to demand: Justice for Guillermina, Mariana, Yucenia, Paulina, Karla, Yuri, Adriana, Ingrid, Brenda, Wendy, Paloma, Mara, Gloria, Alejandra, Andrea, Susana, Victoria, Pilar, It was not Suicide was Femicide!”, they concluded.

As in other years of this type of march, pronouncements by relatives and offerings remembering women victims of violence were also made in other parts of the country.

For more information in Spanish:

Fiscalía se resiste en investigar con perspectiva de género: Marcha de las catrinas (Chiapas Paralelo, 2 de noviembre de 2021)

Marcha de Catrinas en Chiapas: ¡No fue suicidio, fue feminicidio! (Voces Feministas, 3 de noviembre de 2021)

Realizan marcha de catrinas para pedir justicia por feminicidios (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 1 de noviembre de 2021)

Las catrinas marchan en tres municipios por justicia (Aquí Noticias, 2 de noviembre de 2021)

La Marcha de las Catrinas 2021 exigirá justicia por feminicidios (La Jornada, 24 de octubre de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Femicidal Violence – Police Officers Held after Murder of Two Haitian Women (October 31, 2021)

National: AMLO Claims Feminist Movement is “Conservative”; August Month with Most Femicides since 2018 (October 4, 2021)

Chiapas: Alarming Femicidal Violence – Two Women and a Minor Murdered in Tapachula (July 8, 2021)

Chiapas/National: Chiapas among Top States for Femicides (July 6, 2021)

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