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

September 18, 2018

Photo @ Proceso

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

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

Chiapas: Organizations and collectives pronounce themselves against the commodification and objectification of women in print

August 17, 2015


Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas A.C.

In a public letter to the director of the General Director of the Diario of Chiapas, Gerardo Toledo Coutiño, several collectives and human-rights organizations denounced the objectification and commodification of women in the media. The specific reason for this declaration was the publication of an image of a woman who had been raped and murdered in the common land of Las Champas, Comalapa border region. The authors stressed that murders of women are not simple criminal acts but a form of specific violence against women, this being the a product of a patriarchal, sexist society. The letter stated that “discourse and images produce and feed a common imaginary about women that needs to be treated with sensitivity in order to avoid reaffirming wrong values or strengthening discrimination against and mercantilization of women […]. To inform about femicides by using images of semi-naked bodies that are terribly degrading represents a form of violence against women and girls.”

The Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas denounced this publication and similar other ones, indicating the moral obligation of the media to protect the rights of male and female citizens as well as to abide by national and international laws on women’s rights. For this reason, the group demanded that Gerardo Toledo follow up its legal request and “change the gender perspective in the police report section of the media whenever women are victims of femicide, or any other kind of violence, as well as eliminate images of semi-naked bodies or dead bodies, since these images contribute neither to freedom of expression nor to the free exercise of journalism but on the contrary only represent violence and sensationalism.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Organizaciones y Colectivos se pronuncian contra la cosificación y la objetivación de las mujeres en medio impreso (Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas, 17 de julio de 2015)

Oaxaca: Every other day a woman is killed in the state

June 12, 2014
Demostrations against femicide (@SIPAZ)

Demostrations against femicide (@SIPAZ)

Ana María Hernández Cárdenas, director of the civil association Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca, has reported that so far during the administration of Gabino Cue Monteagudo, 294 women have been killed, exceeding the figure of femicide murders during the previous government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

Just in the period from May 10 to 30, 10 murders of women were recorded in the state, thus representing one murder every two days.

With respect to 2013, the cases of femicide in Oaxaca have increased by 216.6 percent, counting only from January to May 2014. In this situation, the director of Consorcio announced that civil organizations have requested a Gender Alert, and she demanded an immediate halt to violence against women, calling on the three branches of government to make progress in legislation, budget, and public policies consistent with the seriousness of the situation.

For more information (In Spanish):

Suman 289 feminicidios en lo que va del gobierno de Cué: ONG (Proceso, 23 de amyo de 2014)

Se disparan feminicidios (El Imparcial, 27 de mayo de 2014)

Feminicidios en color naranja (NSS Oaxaca, 27 de mayo de 2014)

Violencia feminicida es un problema de seguridad nacional (Ciudadanía Express, 28 de mayo de 2014)

¿Cuántos feminicidios son suficientes para una alerta de género? (Consorcio, 29 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (In English)

Oaxaca: Request of activation of Gender Alert amidst increase in number of femicides (March 2, 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (8 December 2013)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Conmemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)