Protecting Women Against Violence and Preventing Femicides – Is Mexico Unwilling or Unable?


Gender-based violence has been a grave issue in Mexico for many years. However, in recent decades the number of femicides committed have increased exponentially. In fact, since 2015 the percentage of femicides has grown by 145%. Mexico has been a member of the Commission of Women since 1930, and has signed and ratified many regional and international human rights instruments related to women’s rights. Yet, a significant gap still exists in the human rights compliance and practices in this country. Deeply-entrenched gender norms partially explain the gap between law and practice, and actually closing it would entail challenging societal and cultural structures that Mexico is not prepared or willing to do.

By: Renee Alissa Mustre del Rio

Published on Novembre 26, 2020

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