On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the UN warns of the additional damage that the pandemic has caused.
Mexico reaches the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, this November 25, with scary figures and in a context that the pandemic worsens: the coronavirus, its ravages and its “human crisis” accentuated social problems in a country where ten women die killed per day.
“This year the 25N occurs in a very particular context as a result of the impact of the pandemic. It is much more than a health crisis, it is a human crisis that can reverse decades of progress in women’s rights and gender equality,” said the representative of UN Women in Mexico, Belén Sanz.
A total of 2,874 women have been murdered – this is the sum of alleged victims of intentional homicides and femicide – between January and September 2020, according to data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP).
This figure represents an increase of 0.3% compared to the same period in 2019, when 2,865 victims were registered.
With more than ten women murdered every day in Mexico, Sanz considered that with the current scenario, it is necessary to act “in a very forceful way” so that the post-covid recovery occurs in a scenario in which women participate and guarantee non-retrogression.
The expert considered that they are many areas in which inequalities were accentuated and that all deserve the same attention.
First, he cited the economic inequalities, which always tend to affect people in vulnerable situations. This mainly affects women since more than 60% of them work informally in Mexico, and the guarantee of work continuity has been diminished.
He also indicated that the quarantine brought difficulty in accessing health services for sexual and reproductive safety, although he recognized the efforts of the authorities in this regard.
Finally, he insisted that violence increased in Mexico by containment measures, which imply that many women and children have to live with their aggressors.
Consequently, she said, for this commemoration UN Women promotes the “Unite” campaign and makes a call to action to all of society and establishes four axes to attend to to put an end to violence against women and girls.
In the first place, they insist on prioritizing funding so that a “minimum package of essential services that has the fight against gender violence at the center” is guaranteed and supports civil society organizations, since they are the ones who they are “in the first line of accompaniment.”
Second, they request that prevention take center stage, for which it is necessary that the authorities declare a national policy of “zero tolerance.”
They also consider the response important, that is, to adopt measures so that the services for survivors remain essential and an adequate judicial response is guaranteed for them.
Finally, UN Women highlighted the importance of recovering data and information and, above all, establishing innovative ways to collect them in order to find an adequate response.
Even so, Sanz, also current interim resident coordinator of the United Nations System in Mexico, recognized the efforts of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi) and other government organizations in terms of data collection.
According to the most recent official data, from January to September there were 704 femicides and the rate of this type of crime is 1.08 per 100,000 women.