Chiapas: Already Five Femicides in January

February 1, 2019

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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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National/International: Marches for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

December 13, 2018

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On November 25th, as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, activities were held throughout the world as well as in several states of Mexico. This day was first promoted by the United Nations (UN) in 2009 to highlight the fact that “violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today and that it is barely reported due to the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators, and the silence, stigmatization and shame suffered by the victims.” The motto this year was “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”, calling on public opinion to “listen and believe the survivors, to put an end to the culture of silence and that our response be focused on survivors.”

In Mexico, marches were held in eight states. In Oaxaca, two years after the inauguration of Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, women not only marched in the capital but also blocked the entry of the State Attorney General, criticizing that “nothing has changed” and “the simulation in the implementation of the gender alert, by not seeking justice, or attending to the victims.” According to the Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity, femicide rates in Oaxaca have increased to 235 up to November 23rd, a fact that shows that “violence increases every day.”

In Guerrero, the protests of organizations, artists, journalists and social activists focused on the case of Valentina Rosendo Cantu with actions that began the day and will continue until December 10th, Human Rights Day. Valentina obtained a sentence against the military that raped and tortured her in July 2002 and continues to defend the rights of women in Guerrero. However, the “State is no guarantee to safeguard our rights,” said the Montaña Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, speaking of “an average of 4.5 cases [of femicides] per month” and that “this escalation of violence against us occurs in the middle of public thoroughfare, the perpetrators shoot their weapons without fear of being arrested and investigated.”

In San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, a march was also held that closed the Sixth Assembly of the Movement in Defense of the Land, the Territory and for the Participation and Recognition of Women in Decisions. In their pronouncement, they demanded that the government “guarantee our right to land and participation in decision-making without mediation and without violence.” According to the Center for Women’s Rights (CDMCh in its Spanish acronym), there were “95 known cases of serious violence against women in Chiapas” between January and July 2018. Since 2015, Chiapas ranks “third place nationwide with the most violence against women.”

For more information in Spanish:

Por qué debemos eliminar la violencia contra la mujer (ONU)

Mensaje de la Secretaria General Adjunta de la ONU y Directora Ejecutiva de ONU Mujeres, 2018 (ONU)

Marchas en ocho entidades para erradicar la violencia contra mujeres (La Jornada, 26 de noviembre de 2018)

Feministas clausuran Fiscalía General de Oaxaca por su desatención a víctimas (Video) (La Minuta, 26 de noviembre de 2018)

Contra la violencia de género… a costa de nuestra vida (El Sur, 26 de noviembre de 2018)

Pronunciamiento 25 de noviembre “Día Internacional por la Eliminación de la Violencia en contra de las mujeres y niñas” (La Bridaga Feminista Lucero, 24 de noviembre de 2018)

Pronunciamiento del Movimiento en Defensa de la Tierra, el Territorio, por la Participación y el Reconocimiento de las Mujeres en las Decisiones (25 de noviembre de 2018)

Violencia contra Mujeres y Feminicidios en Chiapas (CDMCh, 25 de noviembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/International: “Green Tide” – Activists March for Free and Safe Abortion; Threatened across Republic (October 9th, 2018)

Oaxaca: Nine Femicides after 28 Days of Gender Violence Alert – Some Municipalities Yet to Implement Declaration (Oct. 2nd, 2018)

Oaxaca: Segob decrees Gender Violence Alert in Oaxaca for unfullfillment of governor Murat  (Sept. 18th, 2018)

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

National/International: “Final Observations on the Ninth Periodic Report from Mexico, the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women” Published  (August 6th, 2018)

Chiapas : Reunión de evaluación de la Alerta de Violencia de Género sin participación de las organizaciones peticionarias (June 19th, 2018)

Guerrero: Femicides Rocket Despite Gender Violence Alert (July 12th, 2018)

Guerrero: Femicides on the Rise in 2017 (Jan. 26th, 2018)

Oaxaca: Special Comission to Investigate Femicidal Violence Set Up after Delays  (January 24th, 2018)

 


Oaxaca: Nine Femicides after 28 Days of Gender Violence Alert – Some Municipalities Yet to Implement Declaration

October 2, 2018

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28 days after the declaration of a Gender Violence Alert (GVA) by the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB in its Spanish acronym) in 40 municipalities of Oaxaca (of the 570 that make up the state), there were more than nine femicides in the state. Journalist Jazmin Gomez noted that “officials pass on the blame, prevent family members of victims of femicides from raising their voices, ignore figures, but pose for the photo and promote meetings with the wealthy class.”

According to Pagina 3, “only 11 of 40 municipal authorities of Oaxaca included in the GVA were present at the Special Session of the State Council to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Gender Violence.” He adds that “only Oaxaca de Juarez set up the installation of its council (on the AVG)”, with Huajuapan de Leon another municipality planning the implementation.

The head of the Secretariat of Oaxacan Woman (SMO in its Spanish acronym), Ana Vazquez de Colmenares, has been criticized strongly by the local deputy Hilda Garciela Perez Luis, who demanded that Vazquez de Colmenares assume her responsibilities, undergo training and stop attending political events only for the photo opportunity and focus on what really matters, help to ensure that women live a life free of violence. According to Perez Luis, “it is too soon after the alert has been declared to have results, but not for the first steps that will be implemented by the state and municipal governments to be finalized.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Encargados de atender feminicidios entre la insensibilidad y la ignorancia (EDUCA, 25 de septiembre de 2018)

Solo 11 de 40 Gobiernos Municipales de Oaxaca, acatan Alerta de Violencia de Género (Página 3, 24 de septiembre de 2018)

#ESPECIAL Van 220 mujeres asesinadas en actual Gobierno… Alerta de Género solo circo mediático y SMO un “elefante blanco” de doble moral (Primera Línea, 24 de septiembre de 2018)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Segob decrees Gender Violence Alert in Oaxaca for unfullfillment of governor Murat (Sept.18th, 2018)

National/International: “Final Observations on the Ninth Periodic Report from Mexico, the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women” Published  (Aug. 6th, 2018)

Guerrero: Femicides Rocket Despite Gender Violence Alert (July 12th, 2018)

Guerrero: Femicides on the Rise in 2017 (Jan. 26th, 2018)

 


Oaxaca: Segob decrees Gender Violence Alert in Oaxaca for unfullfillment of governor Murat

September 18, 2018
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Due to the lack of action of the state government facing the request of the Ombudsman for Human Rights of the People of Oaxaca (DDHPO) to obtain a Gender-based Violence Alert (AVG) in the state (it was presented in July 2017), the Ministry of the Interior (Segob) decided to issue this mechanism. According to Regeneration, it requires “the government of Alejandro Murat Hinojosa to deliver a work program to prevent, address, punish and eradicate violence against women taking into account the intercultural nature of its 570 municipalities “.


It is worth noting that the figures for femicides have exceeded two hundred victims during Murat Hinojosa’s term. Although a comprehensive program should be prepared by the state government for the entire Oaxacan territory, the AVG was only issued in 40 municipalities of the state, where local authorities must implement emergency actions. In total it deals with “6 municipalities of the Mixteca region, 3 of the Cañada; 5 on the Isthmus; 10 of the Coast; 8 of Central Valleys; 4 of the Papaloapan Basin; 2 in the Sierra Sur and the same number in the Sierra Norte”, according to a report by NVInoticias.


Regeneración adds that the working group that promoted the issue of the AVG in Oaxaca emphasized that in the past “the local government did not take into account the criteria related to intersectionality, intercultural approach, transparency and accountability in the implementation of actions. It also excluded civil organizations specialized in violence against women to follow up on the alert. “


At the moment, the AVG has been implemented in 14 states: Oaxaca, State of Mexico, Morelos, Michoacán, Chiapas, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa, Colima, San Luis Potosi, Guerrero, Quintana Roo, Nayarit, Zacatecas and Veracruz.


For more information (in Spanish):

Por incumplimiento de Murat, decretan Alerta de Género en Oaxaca (Regeneración, 4 de septiembre de 2018)

Alerta de Género para 40 municipios de Oaxaca (NVI Noticias, 2 de septiembre de 2018)

Gobierno de Oaxaca acepta declaratoria de alerta de género (El Universal, 2 de septiembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ :

National/International: “Final Observations on the Ninth Periodic Report from Mexico, the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women” Published August 6, 2018

Oaxaca: Feminist Strike on International Women’s Day March 27, 2018

Oaxaca: Special Comission to Investigate Femicidal Violence Set Up after Delays January 24, 2018

Oaxaca: Virtual Platform “Femicidal Violence” Launched December 28, 2017


Chiapas: March against violence against women in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

July 11, 2018
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Photo @ Colectivo Tragameluz


On May 31, some 300 women, accompanied by several men, marched in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas to demand the cessation of femicides and gender violence.

“More than a year after having declared the Gender Violence Alert in San Cristóbal, women continue in minimum security conditions that guarantee our lives and integrity,” said the statement read by the co-conveners.

They denounced that in the last month there have been two feminicides in the City that remain unpunished. The first occurred on April 24 at the borders of the La Isla neighborhood and the neighborhood of Mexicanos: “a woman’s body was found, victim of feminicide, with signs of physical violence and sexual abuse, but the authorities have not applied a feminicide research protocol with a gender perspective and have not activated measures to identify her.

A second feminicide occurred on May 9 in the neighborhood of La Nueva Maravilla: “María de los Ángeles, a 14-year-old teenager, lived in the San José Buena Vista neighborhood, north of the city, and was a high school student at General Miguel Utrilla College, located in the neighborhood of Prudencio Moscos”.

They denounced that “in both cases, the victims were criminalized in social networks, in journalistic notes and testimonies of inhabitants of the neighborhoods” and that “there is a process of normalization, naturalization and invisibility of violence against women. Only from January to date, 14 feminicides have been registered, although a large number are considered by the authorities as violent deaths. “

 “The constant criminalization of the victims only perpetuates the violence that women live and it omits to point out the aggressors as violent and macho men. San Cristóbal, ‘magical town’, is not the exception “, concluded those who called for the demonstration.

For more information (in Spanish):

Protestan contra feminicidios en San Cristóbal de las Casas, La Jornada,  31 de mayo de 2018

San Cristóbal de Las Casas no es un lugar seguro para las mujeres, pronunciamiento, 31 de mayo de 2018

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: First International Gathering for Politics, Art, Sport and Culture for Women in Struggle March 27, 2018

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