Civil organizations have rejected the federal Campaign “Count to Ten, launched by the Ministry of the Interior on May 26th at a conference on gender violence. The Campaign refers to family situations where confinement generates tensions. They considered that it hides and normalizes the aggressions suffered by women, individualizes the problem and also recycles an initiative used in the 80s. “Counting to ten to contain aggression, as the campaign invites, does not work when the aggressor hits a woman or when he sexually violates her”, said the director of the National Network of Refugees (RNR), Wendy Figueroa. A message like this “not only re-victimizes her, but continues to perpetuate these stereotypes of being the one who has to stop the violence and in some way encourages guilt”, she added.
Legislators have also claimed that the burden of violence is left to the women themselves. In its official Twitter account, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) called for the withdrawal of the campaign: “The @GobiernoMX insists on denying the existence of violence against women and girls. The campaign #CuentaHasta10 does not contribute to prevent, combat and eradicate this problem, on the contrary, it normalizes it”, says the message.
In response to the complaints, the president of the National Institute for Women (Inmujeres), Nadine Gasman, defended the “Count to Ten” campaign noting that is only one of other campaigns and government actions to prevent violence during the COVID-19 quarantine.
She acknowledged that this campaign is not specifically focused on women, but announced that they were about to launch one specifically directed at them, in collaboration with the UN Spotlight initiative. “These spots are more directed to this issue of coexistence, of what coexistence is like and how coexistence is strained at the moment. And this count to ten resource, which seems very recycled, really is a simple technique that everyone gives you, that if you are angry, if you are furious, stop, breathe and lose yourself. That is the message it wants to give, simple, for everyone”, she said.
For his part, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rejected criticism of the campaign and declared that they come from conservatism that “turned feminist.” “I am respectful of the rights of women and the protection of women. I am in favor of the feminist movement. I am not a feminist, I am a humanist. But because I am a humanist, I am against violence, I am against hate crimes”, he declared.
For more information in Spanish:
Desata polémica ‘Cuenta hasta 10’, campaña contra la violencia (Aristegui Noticias, 27 de mayo de 2020)
Mujeres víctimas de violencia explican por qué no sirve la campaña ‘Cuenta hasta 10’(Animal Político, 27 de mayo de 2020)
Defiende Inmujeres campaña del gobierno “Cuenta hasta 10” (La Jornada, 27 de mayo de 2020)
Inmujeres defiende la campaña ‘Cuenta hasta 10’; no es lo único, habrá otros spots, dice su titular (Animal Político, 27 de mayo de 2020)
Rechaza AMLO críticas a campaña “Cuenta hasta 10” (La Jornada, 28 de mayo de 2020)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Nacional: Declaraciones de AMLO con respecto a la violencia de género provoca reacciones de diversos actores. (May 19, 2020)
Chiapas: Woman Dies Violently Every Two Days in the State (April 16, 2020)
National: Historic Women’s Day In Mexico (March 11, 2020)