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)

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Chiapas: Commemoration of the murder of Itzel Janet Méndez-Pérez and other victims of femicide

April 26, 2014

Evento de conmemoración en San Cristóbal. Foto (@Arte Acción)

Commemorative event in San Cristóbal. Photo (@Arte Acción)

On 14 April, to coincide with the second anniversary of the murder of female youth Itzel Janet Méndez-Pérez, there was held an action/altar in the Cathedral Plaza of San Cristóbal de las Casas with the slogan “Itzel is not forgotten.”

The event, beyond recalling the murder of Itzel, sought to organize civil society to commemorate all murdered women who have been victims of femicide and to revindicate the ongoing struggle for the memory and justice for femicide victims.

Itzel Méndez Pérez, a Tsotsil student of 17 years of age, was killed on 14 April 2012 in San Cristóbal de las Casas.  Her body was found with signs of sexual abuse and beatings.

Due to the increase in the numbers of femicides and the existing impunity in the state of Chiapas, women’s and human-rights organizations from San Cristóbal de las Casas have recently proclaimed a permanent Gender Alert.

According to data from the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas, between January and October of 2013, 84 murders of women were documented, 52 of which should be categorized as femicides, with the remainder still under investigation to determine.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ni perdón. Ni olvido. 14.04.’14 (Arte Acción, 14 de abril de 2014)

A dos años del feminicidio de Itzel Yaneth Méndez Pérez (Campaña Popular Contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres y el Feminicidio en Chiapas, 14 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Amidst increase in femicide and impunity, civil organization proclaims permanent Gender Alert (19 de marzo de 2014)

National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day (16 March 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)

Chiapas: Women declare alert over gender violence (20 July 2013)

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


Chiapas: Rejection of gender alert without prior investigation

January 15, 2014

Manta en San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Banner in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

On 10 January 2013, the National System to Prevent, Sanction, and Eradicate Violence against Women (SNPASEVM) refused to undertake an investigation into the violent context suffered by women in Chiapas, which would lead most likely to the declaration of a gender alert in the state.  The request for investigation was made on 25 November 2013 by the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas and the Women’s Collective of San Cristóbal de las Casas (COLEM), among other civil society organizations.

The National Citizens’ Observatory on Femicide has denounced that the request which was presented sought to render visible the lack of prevention in the cases of femicides in the state.  An example of this are the 1,077 acts of violence registered from January 2007 to June 2013, with only 3% of these cases leading to the provision of a protection order lasting for 72 hours.

For more information (in Spanish):

Niegan en Chiapas alerta de género sin previa investigación (Milenio, 10 de enero de 2014)

Niegan alerta de género para Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 11 de enero de 2014)

Niegan alerta de género sin previa investigación (Noticias Net, 12 de enero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Women declare alert over gender violence (20 July 2013)


Chiapas: Careful, patriarchy kills! Presentation of the “Campaign against violence against women and femicide in Chiapas”

October 5, 2013

images“To report and build the consciousness of the people with regards to the origin and risks of this type of violence, as well as to promote change gender relations” are some of the objectives that were exposed on 23 September by around 20 civil women’s groups in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, during the presentation of the “Campaign against violence against women and femicide in Chiapas.”

During the course of the presentation of the campaign, and as one of the actions that makes up this campaign, there was made a call for the federal government to release a gender alert for Chiapas, given the increased number of femicides seen in the state, a statistic that since the year 2010 has increased by 400%.  A gender alert would serve “as a legal mechanism to reject and denounce all the manifestations of violence against women and to demand that the State observe its obligations as a guarantee of the human rights of women.”

The campaign alludes to different social actors who are related to the perpetuation of this type of violence, including women, attackers, State, and people in general.  To reject such violence, guarantee the security of women, put an end to the impunity in which these crimes continue, as well as to provide evidence, denounce, and not reproduce such violence, constitute some of the basic premises which must be implemented.

For more information (in Spanish):

Frayba: Campaña contra la violencia hacia las mujeres y el feminicidio en Chiapas (Enlace Zapatista, 24 de septiembre de 2013)

Presentan campaña en contra de violencia feminicida en Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 24 de septiembre de 2013)

Aumenta feminicidio en Chiapas más de 400% (La Jornada, 24 de septiembre de 2013)

Video: Presentación de la Campaña (23 de septiembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Women declare alert over gender violence (20 July 2013)

Chiapas: Increase in feminicide and State Accord for Gender Equality (22 April 2013)

Chiapas: Colem Group of Women take action against feminicide (19 October 2012)

Chiapas: Press-conference by Group of Women COLEM denounces violence against women (9 February 2012)

Chiapas: social organizations present report regarding situation of women in Chiapas (16 August 2012)

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)