“Violence against women, girls and boys and actions of resistance and insistence for women’s lives, dignity and freedom in the first 8 months of 2022”

Facts and Figures: Violence against Women

According to data for the month of July 2022 from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, 4,407 murders of women have been recorded in Mexico so far this year. Of these, only 530 were classified as femicide, 1,639 as premeditated murder, and 2,238 as homicide.

From January to July, 12,307 women suffered malicious injuries, with April being the month with the highest incidence, as 2,045 cases were reported in the Executive Secretariat data, slightly down from 1,813 complaints for the month of July. were registered..

An important aspect to analyze and also question, because the fact that there are no complaints does not mean that crimes have decreased, and those of us who are directly with women victims of violence know this well, as reflected in our data. Happens: Calls and messages received in the National Shelter Network (RNR) from January to August this year, in 29% of cases were made directly by the woman victim of violence, while 20% of the cases were messages and calls made through the support network. Because of the woman victim of violence, she cannot directly approach the aggressor because of the level of risk and control.

Not to mention women’s lack of credibility and trust in the authorities, because, in many cases, women are ignored or re-victimized when they approach relevant cases. As also reflected in the testimonies of the women interviewed during the first 8 months of this year: four out of every 100 women reported having previously requested help from a government agency without receiving the expected support.

Because of the above, it is doubtful that the measurement of crimes against women in Mexico continues when comparing them with the number of complaints filed, it is necessary and urgent to recognize that sexual violence is structural and systemic, as well as an existential deficiency. To spell out crimes properly.

Also, earlier this month, UN Women’s Executive Director, Sima Bauhaus, said: “This is an important turning point for women’s rights and gender equality as we approach the halfway point towards 2030. It is critical that we mobilize now to invest in women and girls, and to accelerate recovery and progress. The data shows an undeniable regression in their lives – in terms of income, safety, education and health – that has been worsened by the global crisis. The longer we take to reverse this trend, the more it will cost, in the framework of the presentation of this report “Progress in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Gender Panorama 2022” which analyzes the achievement. The 2030 Agenda, which Mexico committed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) before 2030.
However, the budget allocated for 2023 by the Ministry of Finance shows the opposite, as it reaffirms a weak commitment to overcoming setbacks in sexual and reproductive health rights as well as guaranteeing safe spaces for women, as the 2023 budget package reflects. 1.05% reduction in support program for specialized shelters for women victims of gender violence. And although it is believed that there has been an increase of more than 5%, it does not consider inflation again, which according to data from the Bank of Mexico is 7.49%.

Civil society organizations on the front lines of action against Republican austerity and the rise of sexual violence against women, girls and adolescents.

Despite all the obstacles that various governments have put in the way of universal justice and the guarantee of all rights for all women between Presidential Circular No. 1 of 2019, the austerity of the republic has created hurdles in the women’s rights agenda. Under-exercise, represented by the non-timely delivery of the PEF 2022 asylum program and PAIMEF, organizations such as the National Asylum Network have advocated, resisted and created various actions to continue to provide specific comprehensive support and deal with escalation. . Violence, expansion and diversification of its services, increased attention and requests.

From January to August this year alone, RNR provided special guidance to 5,601 people, mostly women, through its telephone attention lines and social network. In this period, a total of 2,192 people were served compared to 2,095 in the previous year, representing a 5% increase in the number of women served by the telephone line compared to 2021. Through the social network, 3,409 people were mentored in the first 8 months. 2022.

Of the women helped through telephone lines and social networks, 25% of them reported being victims of physical violence, 40% of psychological violence; 10% said they experienced economic violence; 9% reported patriarchal violence. Seven out of every 100 women reported experiencing all of the violence mentioned; Six in 10 women who have children report that their children also experience some form of violence. Similarly, 429 women reported being victims of sexual violence.

Among reported male aggressors, four out of 10 were partners of the abused woman, two out of 10 were her husbands and two out of 100 were ex-partners, who are the same aggressors as their daughters and sons.

Shelters and external focus centers are places for protection, restoration of rights and prevention of femicide, which, despite the limited budget, lack of gender perspective, progressiveness and timely delivery that they have faced this year, have not stopped operating. During these first 8 months of 2022, 19,993 women, girls and boys received comprehensive and free care. Through the outpatient care centers, a total of 12,190 people, mostly women, were provided care.

In specialized shelters, 7,803 women and their children were provided with accommodation, meals, comprehensive and specialized care, an increase of 16% compared to the same months during 2021.

Regarding the profile of the aggressors, it is important to point out that 13% of the reported aggressors have military or political ties; 21% use weapons; 29% have a criminal record; 12% have links to drug trafficking, which increases the level of vulnerability and impunity women face when seeking comprehensive justice.

In the face of patriarchy and institutionalized violence, we at RNR pursue our agenda, nothing stops us.

Sexual violations, attacks with acid and/or corrosive substances, sexual harassment, enforced disappearances, daily killings of women and girls are evidence of the absence of a guarantor state in our country and evidence of a national crisis. The use of protocols with a gender perspective, little or no preparation on the part of the authorities that not only prevents women’s murders from being investigated as femicide, but also does not inform women who manage to seek help that they have the right to asylum. or , dismiss the statements of women who were neglected and are no longer alive or are being treated for physical, emotional and extensive sequelae after attempted femicide such as acid attacks; A fact in which the patriarchal system is entrenched and gives way to liberation. There are 134 such women who have been treated by the RNR and reported attempted femicide, which has been downgraded and classified as family violence by the authorities. Or like the recent case of a Yucatan judge who refused to bind his former partner to trial for the attempted murder of a woman twice, because the victim “misunderstood the attacker’s intentions”… Unacceptable and heartbreaking, but a reality that transcends our Mexico. .

“In the face of this, we are more feminist organizations that act not in speeches but in actions and when we say you are not alone, in fact we are together and agree, we believe in women and in the recovery of rights, so the waves of sexual violence in the face , the barbarity of the patriarchal system and the disregard of governments, a year ago I started to imagine the Violet Tide campaign, in addition to thinking of the various women who generated violet waves in favor of life. , the dignity and freedoms of women, was a song that proved and broadcast what shelter is. does, thus beginning the move and acceptance of one of the Mexican voices that I admire: Vivir Quintana who, with her feminist and Sororist heart, said yes. Today I am excited to begin this tour of musical gatherings in Mérida, where, in addition to your presence, Along with Diara Fyah and Prania Esponda, we will be performing the song of the National Shelter Network at each of the gatherings, which I invite you to listen to and be aware of its official launch. , I tell you now that it is a song like all the songs written by Vivir Quintana, powerful, resigned and hopeful”. Wendy Figueroa.

“For me, making a song for the National Shelter Network was an act of love and courage out of compassion for refugees and people working in shelters. Creating resistance from music also creates a shelter, a sound shelter that travels through the conscience and creates the courage to raise the strength and voice of those who want to listen and those who want to be heard” Vivir Quintana.

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