Mexico one of the worst countries to be a woman

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Listed by the UN as one of the 20 worst countries to be a woman, Mexico faces monumental tasks in order to eradicate violence.

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The recent conviction of the boyfriend and murderer of the student Lesvy Berlin Osorio, found dead on the campus of University City for more than two years and who affirmed that he had committed suicide by hanging less than a meter and a half tall, to later be re-victimized, has represented a huge triumph in a nation feminicida.

But the victory, by his mother, Araceli Osorio, and the organizations that backed them in their relentless pursuit of justice, is a chickpea to pound. In Mexico, the young people disappear from the public transport to the full light of day, girls are killed to death by their parents, women are raped by the police who come for help… and nothing happens.

More than half of the territory is in a situation of emergency. Every day there are nearly 10 murdered and the cases are diluted among a sea of violence. In fact, 66% of the mexican women have been victims of some type of abuse, and 45% of it has been exercised by their partners.

The attacks happen at any site and the main rapists of girls and adolescents, according to the National Citizen Observatory on Femicide, and the National Survey about the Dynamics of Relationships in Households, INEGI, are his aunts and uncles and cousins, who live with them in their own homes.

Despite the fact that in 2007 it was created the General Law of Access of Women to a Life Free of Violence, and that, in 2009, instituted the office of the Special Prosecutor for Crimes of Violence against Women and Trafficking of People, the insecurity, discrimination and danger facing the mexican is huge.

What can we do?

During the forum, Reflections present on the feminicides, Guadalupe Valencia, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Sciences and Humanities of the UNAM, concluded that it is vital to place the subject in the center of the agenda. “We leave our trenches personal and use the collective courage”, he said. “Courage means anger, mood, and value. Today we have on the street to young women, almost girls, united, and crying out, ‘not one more’. Let us follow his example”.

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Combat strategies

Gender-based violence is not a result of deviant behavior and pathological, but a practice that is learned and conscious, the product of a social organization based on inequality.

Let’s change the direction with concrete actions:

Primary prevention.

Awareness, to educate in moral values, emotional, civic, and spiritual to our children is essential, and talk of equality, fairness and justice. Let’s be congruent.

Secondary prevention.

We must recognize if we are involved in acts of gender-based violence. Assess and discuss at a professional level the initial symptoms and stop it before it progresses.

Tertiary prevention.

Applies when we have experienced violence so recurrent and growing. Are the actions aimed to the rehabilitation, care, and prevention of damage to level of legal, psychological and medical.

The face of the violence

In our territory, this illicit act is a challenge even greater. Why?

It is invisible

About 88.4% of the women physically attacked failed to report the fact. What are the causes? Fear of the consequences, distrust of authorities, fear of re-victimization, derision and social exclusion.

It is “normal”

Given that the abuse is performed continuously, and in spite of the progress achieved, it is still perceived as a habitual behavior.

Is unpunished

Because of the high level of corruption and indolence, this crime is not punished. According to the Index of Impunity in Mexico, 99% of the cases of killings in general are not solved.

Source: UN-women
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Alarm signals

– Seek help if your partner, father or some family member has been beaten or assaulted.
– Also, if you death threat, control your money, friendships, work or tastes.
– If he mistreats your children, put them against you and threatens to quitártelos.
– You deny the spending or the alimony, even if the can pay.
– You were forced to have sex that you dislike.
– Will not let you participate in the family decision-making, is angry of any thing, or you stop talking for a long time.

Source: National Network of Shelters BC

Directory of support networks

Do you live in a situation of violence and do not know what to do?
Ask for help here:

-Foundation Source AC
Help line Source:
800 015 1617
www.origenac.org

-A. D. E. V. I. Support Centre for socio-legal Victims of Violent Crime
5200 9196 and 9197

-Center of Attention to Domestic Violence
Legal and psychological support:
5345 5229

-Victimatel
Legal and psychological support immediately available to victims of sexual offences:
55 5575 5461

-National network of Shelters
Safe shelter and comprehensive support:
55 5674 9695,
55 5243 6432 and
800 822 4460
www.rednacionalderefugios.org.mx

By: Maricruz Pineda / Photo: Getty Images / Illustration: Vani Team