On February 9th, a man in Mexico murdered his 25-year-old girlfriend who he left stabbed, skinned, and disemboweled. This is not the first time a woman suffered such brutality and, unfortunately, it won’t be the last. Exact numbers are hard to come by but NPR reports that “in the past two years, 223 women have been killed in small towns… most of the young women were sexually assaulted and strangled. None of the murders have been solved.”
In a pandemic academically referred to as “femicidal” murder, Mexico is tearing apart at the gendered seam as its women are massacred solely for their sex. It’s international women’s month, which is normally dedicated to celebrating the vast history of female accomplishment. What if this year we focus on those still suffering?
Mexican women have already begun such a task. To bring awareness to this problem the women of Mexico staged a protest on March 9th of this year where they “disappeared” from work and society for a day. For the 24 hours that the women disappeared, businesses closed and parts of the subway shut down, demonstrating their essential place in society. Clad in lilac shirts and signs, an estimated 80,000 women marched on the capital of the nation.
If having their voice heard was their goal, the brave protesting women achieved it. The New York Times reports that “one large national business group, Concanaco Servytur, estimated that the one-day strike would cost the Mexican economy $1.37 billion.” This major women’s march inspired many other smaller strikes across the nation in the following days.
It has not been easy to get the nation rallied around this cause as Mexico’s President has not been supportive. In a press conference, President Obrador said “they opposed the moral regeneration we’re promoting. I respect their views but don’t share them.” The lack of concern is particularly insulting as he continued “I believe we have to moralize the country, purify public life and strengthen cultural, moral and spiritual values.”
What better way to moralize the country than to draw attention to and combat an epidemic of rape and murder? Without the urge of the government, police stations are apathetic to finding the murderers.
In contrast to NPR’s numbers, official figures show that 3,142 women and girls were killed in 2019 while authorities are only investigating 726 of those cases as femicides. Women’s rights activists say that number is way too low. The contradictory numbers only further represent the astounding lack of concern from public officials; many of the deaths are not being properly reported as Femicides.
With 10 deaths per day, these women have every right to be mad and demand answers from their public officials. Until more people stand up for this cause, women of all ages will continue to be kidnaped or brutalized on their way to work and school.
These women have the God-given right to personal safety. Those that have been lost and ignored deserve justice. In America, we are in the age of “believe all women”, #MeToo, and #GirlPower, but the very women who need this the most are left ignored. The ones being cast aside by society, being denied justice, and told “nothing will change” are the ones who need us to stand for them.
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