Alejandra Marquez Guajardo does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Domestic violence has spiked in Mexico during its coronavirus-related lockdown. Even before the pandemic, however, women in Mexico felt under siege. When I first began teaching gender violence in my Latin American studies classes in , Mexico saw seven femicides — the legal term for the murder of a woman — a day.
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AMLO, as the president is widely known, seems intent on pulling Mexico back to an era of single-party dominance, and in the absence of a cohesive opposition, his dream of centralized and unobstructed control may yet become reality. Women in Mexico are angry, and rightly so. Ten women die on average each day as a result of violence, with 1, victims last year alone, up 4. Women are now often confined with their abusers, leading to an unprecedented increase in calls related to domestic violence. In short, being a woman in Mexico entails living in a state of perpetual fear. AMLO ostensibly hails from the left, and feminists should be his natural allies. In his view, feminists are not independent drivers of a legitimate social movement, but conservative puppets manipulated by his political adversaries.
Women in Mexico
Recent acts of violence against women—including the brutal killing of Ingrid Escamilla earlier this year, who was stabbed, skinned, and disemboweled—have spurred national outrage. Tens of thousands of women participated in a nationwide strike in March to protest government inaction on femicide. The number of femicides have increased by percent over the past five years, according to statistics by the Mexican government.
Figures released this week show that crimes such as femicides climbed 7. But statistics paint another story: calls to emergency services reached record levels in March — when the pandemic lockdowns were first imposed — and have remained high. Calls by women to another helpline operated by the Mexico City government also surged, according to the news site Animal Politico. Despite the historic protest, the bloodshed continued unabated: more women were murdered in Mexico in April than any month on record, according to government statistics.