Chiapas: Amidst increase in femicide and impunity, civil organization proclaims permanent Gender Alert

March 30, 2014

Marcha del 8 de Marzo en San Cristóbal de las Casas. Foto (@Sipaz)

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

Due to the increase in femicides and the impunity that prevails in the state of Chiapas, the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas, a civil organization based in San Cristóbal de las Casas, has proclaimed a permanent Gender Alert.

In November 2013, the Center started a petition to the National System to Prevent, Attend, Sanction, and Eradicate Violence against Women (SNPASEVM) calling on it to declare a gender alert in the state.  However, in January of this year, SNPASEVM rejected the petition, claiming that the murders of women does not threaten the social peace in the state, and adding that many of these deaths have not been recognized as femicides.

“How many women must die before the State considers there to exist a pattern of violence against women in Chiapas?” asks the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas.

According to Alma Padilla, director of the Center, “the Mexican State is not willing to declare a gender alert because it has instituted programs to prevent femicide and violence against women.  However, these [programs] have had no result.  On the contrary, both the numbers of femicides and cases of violence against women are on the rise.”

Official information presented by the Center shows that between January and October of last year, 84 murders of women were documented, 52 of which have been categorized as femicides.  An investigation has been requested to determine if those remaining also qualify as such.

In parallel terms to the proclamation of the permanent Gender Alert, the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas has indicated that it will continue to demand that the authorities declare an alert and combat the crime of femicide.

For more information (in Spanish):

Aumentan feminicidios en Chiapas asegura ONG (Milenio, 14 de marzo de 2014)

Mujeres de Chiapas deciden levantar su propia alerta de género por feminicidios (Animal Político, 14 de marzo de 2014)

Web del Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day (16 March 2014)

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