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  • A demonstrator depicting lacerations is seen during a peaceful march against the gender violence.

    A demonstrator depicting lacerations is seen during a peaceful march against the gender violence. | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 March 2018

Discrimination, sexual harassment, labor, sexual torture, kidnappings, disappearances are only a few of the crimes perpetrated against Mexican women.

The rate of impunity and femicides continues to soar despite efforts from human rights organizations, the United Nations Human Rights representative to Mexico, Jan Jarab said.

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The delegate stated that although gender violence has emerged as one of the main issues discussed in politics, there has been very little change seen around the country. A fact which he attributes to federal negligence towards its citizens.

"Impunity is very high so you can not see the deterrent effect of the sanction and this has its importance for prevention," said Jarab, urging the North American government to redouble its efforts and protect its women.

Discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual torture, kidnappings, disappearances are only a few of the crimes perpetrated against Mexican women.

According to UN statistics, some 64,000 women and girls have been killed annually. Additionally, 14 of the 25 most violent countries with the highest rate of femicides are found in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The latest report from the Mexican organization, the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice (CCSPJP) details the world’s 50 most violent cities. Mexico and Brazil ranked highest with 12 and 17 respectively. These were then followed by Venezuela with five, Colombia with three, Honduras with two and three other cities in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico.

Only those cities with more than 300,000 inhabitants were included in the study, however other reports from the UN show that an average of 12 women are killed every day in Latin America and the Caribbean, while seven are murdered daily in Mexico.


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