National: Activists denounce increase in violence against women

July 19, 2014

Foto (@SiPaz)

Photo (@Sipaz)

Between 9 and 10 July, there was held a meeting in Mexico City among civil-society organizations seeking to relieve the situation of violence and discrimination experienced by women in Mexico, analyze the work that these organizations have carried out in recent years, and above all examine the challenges faced by the State still in advancing toward the guarantee of the full recognition and exercise of women’s rights.

Participants in the event included the UN Expert of the Work Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice, Alda Facio, and Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur for Violence against Women, the latter operating in a non-official capacity.  Eight years since the publication of their report “Integration of Women’s Human Rights and Gender Perspectives: Violence against Women, Mexico Mission,” the representatives of the Associates for Justice (JASS) stressed that, “If some reforms have been adopted in law, these have not resulted in structural changes, both in terms of prevention through investigation and sanctioning as well as access to a life free of violence.”  In effect, on this occasion it was recalled that Mexico has ratified the “Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women” (CEDAW), an international instrument to recognize the human rights of women, while there remain “many practices and policies that in effect favor and even deepen discrimination,” noted the JASS activists.

Finally, those at the event denounced the increase in violence against women in all their manifestations: impunity, the gravity of forced disappearance, sexual crimes, attacks against female human-rights defenders and journalists, the generalized increase in gender discrimination and inequality, particularly for poor, indigenous, and migrant women.  In this way, conference-goers called on the Mexican State forthrightly to adopt comprehensive policies to arrest the structural violence experienced by women.

In light of this context, the Special Rapporteur declared that gender violence is “the most generalized violation of human rights that we confront today,” explaining that “the lack of comprehension of gender violence is a barrier to the exercise of all human rights by women themselves.”

For more information (in Spanish):

A 8 años de publicado informe sobre derechos humanos de las mujeres en México, regresa Relatora Especial sobre la Violencia contra la Mujer de la ONU (PRODESC, 8 de julio de 2014)

Responsabilidad del Estado Mexicano ante la CEDAW (JASS, 7 de julio de 2014)

La violencia hacia las mujeres “es la violación a DH más generalizada”: Relatora ONU (Sididh, 10 de julio de 2014)

Integración de los Derechos Humanos de la Mujer y la Perspectiva de Género: la violencia contra la mujer. Misión a México (CINU, 13 de enero de 2006)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: the Mexican government does not comply with the recommendations of the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (23 June 2014)

Oaxaca: Every other day a woman is killed in the state (12 June 2014)

Oaxaca: the Mexican state with the highest number of attacks on women human rights defenders and journalists (10 June 2014)

Guerrero: Harassment and attacks on individuals and organizations in favor of the decriminalization of abortion and the right to decide (12 June 2014)


National: the Mexican government does not comply with the recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

June 23, 2014


Representatives of the National Network of Women Human-rights Defenders in Mexico (RNDDHM), which is comprised of 83 non-governmental organizations, have met with Silvia Pimentel and Line Bareiro, experts of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), to address the situation of female human-rights defenders and female journalists in Mexico. At the meeting, the RNDDHM reported that the Mexican state has failed to respect the recommendations of the CEDAW. Numerous testimonies and examples of this situation were provided.

Referring to femicide, it was reported to the CEDAW experts that despite the recommendation to operationalize the Gender Violence Alert (AVG) made in 2012, the mechanism has not been implemented yet. Similarly, the recommendation to regulate crimes considered to be femicide has similarly failed to be implemented.

Other issues were also reported, such as the existing backlog in the figures and actual information on disappearances and murders of women, the lack of access for women to health services and information on sexual and reproductive health, and the increased criminalization of women who abort or have positioned themselves in favor of the right to decide on abortion.

Atiziri Avila, coordinator of RNDDHM, warned that the failure of the Mexican government to protect women has caused this responsibility to fall on female human-rights defenders, who in in turn are exposed to a climate of hostility and aggression.

The increase in violence directed against female journalists and the impunity surrounding these attacks was also noted by RNDDHM representatives. Silvia Pimentel, from the CEDAW, said that Mexico is a country that has ratified the CEDAW Convention. Therefore, it must comply with the recommendations of the Committee, “since that implies the compliance with the Convention.” She added that there exists a “patriarchal resistance to consider women as subjects of rights. “

For more information (In Spanish):

Acusan a México ante Comité de la CEDAW (Cimac, 16 de junio de 2014)

Mecanismos y noormas son insuficientes ante violencia: Llaman a México a dejar discursos y cumplir con CEDAW (Argenpress, 16 de junio de 2014)

Incrementan las agresiones contra las defensoras de derechos humanos y mujeres periodistas (Ciudadanía Express, 16 de junio de 2014)

Incrementan agresiones contra defensoras de derechos humanos y periodistas (Yancuic, 16 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Every other day a woman is killed in the state (June 12, 2014)

Oaxaca: the Mexican state with the highest number of attacks on women human rights defenders and journalists (June 10, 2014)

Guerrero: Harassment and attacks on individuals and organizations in favor of the decriminalization of abortion and the right to decide (June 12, 2014)

Chiapas: Organizations denounce uses and customs of indigenous peoples that limit women’s rights

March 30, 2014

Marcha del 8 de marzo en San Cristóbal. Foto (@Sipaz)

March on 8 March in San Cristóbal. Photo (@Sipaz)

The Popular Campaign against Violence against Women and Femicide in Chiapas has denounced the discrimination exercised against a female child on 9 March in the San Juan Chamula municipality, Chiapas.  The case has to do with the sale and forced marriage of the minor on the part of her family as well as the arrest of the girl on the part of traditional authorities of the community following her abandonment of her husband.

For the Popular Campaign, this is an example of violence directed against women consented to by the State, given that the sale of women in indigenous communities is a practice that has been denounced for decades.  For this reason, different non-governmental organizations have indicated since 2012 the existence of uses and customs of indigenous peoples which limit the rights of women and result in gender inequalities that affect all aspects of life.

Experts who comprise the Committee for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) note their concern for the situation, “given that such practices perpetuate discrimination against indigenous women and children, we call on the State to draw up a general strategy to eliminate said practices, particularly through carrying out campaigns of awareness-raising directed at indigenous communities to reinforce a positive and non-stereotypical image of women, without having this serve as a pretext that would rationalize the State’s violation of indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination.”

For more information (in Spanish):

En Chamula, encarcelan a niña de 14 años por abandonar a su marido (Chiapas Paralelo, 12 de marzo de 2014)

“Estuve detenida 29 horas en San Juan Chamula entre ‘basura y mierda’”: Niña tzotzil de 14 años (Vanguardia, 13 de marzo de 2014 ¿)

Sí estuvo presa, confirma menor indígena de Mitontic, y fueron 29 horas entre la pestilencia, el frío y la basura (Chiapas Paralelo, 14 de marzo de 2014)

Niña toztzil vendida a los 11 años, huyó de su concubino a los 14 (Sipse, 15 de marzo de 2014)

La venta de niñas y las bodas arregladas son comunes en Chiapas: ONG; el Estado le incumple a mujeres, dice (Sinembargo, 17 de marzo de 2014)

La Campaña Popular contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres y el Feminicidio en Chiapas ratifica la declaratoria de Alerta Popular Permanente contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres y el Feminicidio (Campaña Popular, 23 de marzo de 2014)

Ha cambiado mentalidad de los indígenas (Es!, 26 de marzo de 2014)

Venta de niñas, práctica recurrente en comunidades de los Altos (Mirada Sur, marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Forum on “The rights of childhood and adolescence in southeastern Mexico” (15 March 2014)

Chiapas: XV Anniversary of Melel Xojobal (9 February 2012)

Chiapas: “Violence and infancy in the state” (27 November 2011)

Chiapas: Fourteenth anniversary of Melel Xojobal, organization for the defense of the rights of children and adolescents (7 February 2011)

Chiapas: social organizations present report regarding situation of women in Chiapas

August 16, 2012

Press conference @Sipaz
At a press conference at Museo Café on Monday 6 August, the Center for Women’s Rights of Chiapas (CDMHCh) and the Group of Women of San Cristóbal (COLEM) presented their joint report entitled “The situation of discrimination and lack of access to justice for women in Chiapas and Mexico.”  They indicate that on 17 July “in observance of the 52nd period of sessions  of the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), a human-rights organ of the United Nations, the 23 experts examined the VII and VIII reports of the Mexican State regarding its observance of [CEDAW].” The authors of the report mention that experts in the field “expressed their alarm regarding the high levels of insecurity and gender violence that we Mexicans suffer, in addition to the public-security strategy against organized crime together with the persistent impunity and corruption that have contributed to the intensification of existing patterns of discrimination and violence against women.”
The report details that COLEM and CDMHCh, which are part of the coalition CEDAW Citizens, put together the report “The Situation of Discrimination and Lack of Access to Justice for the Women of Chiapas” which refers to a series of causes linked to gender an ethno-social origins of women that limit their access to justice and the exercise of their rights.  For this reason, they demand that the Mexican State “observe the recommendations that the CEDAW Commitee has presented, and specifically in the case of Chiapas to eradicate the structural poverty, marginalization, and discrimination against women in Chiapas and throughout the country.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletin de Prensa Informe Sombra – CDMCh y COLEM


Informe Sombra “La situación de discriminación y no acceso a la justicia para las mujeres en Chiapas, México” (CDMCh y COLEM)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Amnesty International publishes report on violence against women in Mexico (20 July 2012)

Chiapas: Justice is demanded in the case of the feminicide of the youth Itzel Yanet Méndez Pérez (16 May 2012)

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)

Guerrero – briefs – Tierra Caliente is second-highest national location in number of feminicides (14 September 2010)

Day for the decriminalization of abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 7, 2011

In 1990, during the Fifth Feminist Meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean held in Argentina, 28 September was chosen as Day for the decriminalization of abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean, toward the end of bringing about actions so that women of the region have access to legal and safe abortions.  In these terms, on this 28 September, several organizations such as Global March of Women, the Mercedes Olivera Feminist Collective, and the Global Fund for Women released a press-release.  “30 years after the entrance into law in Mexico of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), CEDAW has requested that the Mexican State revise the legislation to penalize abortion, as well as that of the states of the Republic, so that when it occurs rapid and easy access to abortion be guaranteed; moreover, that actions be undertaken to reduce the mortality provoked by illegal abortion.”

The bulletin continues: “In a contradictory manner, Article 77 of the Constitution of Chiapas refers to ‘implementation of public policies with the goal of achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals, included within which is objective 3 which obliges the State to promote equality among genders as well as objective 5 which demands that maternal health be improved, such that it is indispensable to promulgate the Legal Interruption of Pregnancy so as to respect the autonomy of women regarding the right to decide about their bodies, their sexuality, and reproductive lives.”  The communiqué ends by demanding that “Chiapas standardize the Legal Interruption of Pregnancy (ILE), which has existed since 2007 in Mexico City.  [In so doing] the state government would send a positive sign for the observance of international conventions and agreements that favor women, including the Millennium Development Goals, which form part of the Political Constitution of the Chiapas state.”

For moer information (in Spanish):

Comunicado 28 de septiembre (28 September)