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Saturday November 26, 2011

6 In every 10 Mexican women victims of violence, rights panel says

6 In every 10 Mexican women victims of violence, rights panel says

Photo: Women in Mexico are victims of violence in their homes and work place

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Six out of every 10 Mexican women over the age of 15 have been the victims of gender violence that has left them with physical and mental traumas, among other ill effects, Mexico’s independent National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said.

As part of the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the CNDH said Friday that to help end gender violence it is currently preparing a diagnosis of femicides and other vicious crimes against Mexican women.

Other effects of gender violence include “sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies and births, educational and social backwardness, poverty and economic dependence, unequal distribution of food in the home, as well as inequality in the workplace and the professions,” the organization said.

The CNDH insisted on the need for society as a whole to take part in preventing conduct that will prejudice women’s well-being and retard their development, which is why it has promoted various ways of raising awareness among authorities so they notice and come to the aid of female victims of crime and violence.

It also recalled that the constitutional reform enacted in June, and which includes principles established by international agreements on human rights, will allow authorities to strengthen measures for reducing and eliminating violence against women.

The CNDH said that this year 201 women are known to have gone missing in the country, a figure far above the 17 cases registered last year.

The latest case registered by the organization was that of a mother who recently filed a complaint following the disappearance of her daughter in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, a city where so-called “femicides” have been a constantly repeated tragedy for several years.

The commission said that the case will be investigated through the National Information System for Missing Persons and Unidentified Fatalities, while the CNDH will determine whether or not there were “human-rights violations.”

Figures from Mexico’s National Citizens’ Femicide Watch show that between January 2009 and June 2010 there were 810 femicides in Mexico “motivated by gender hate and discrimination.”