“Violence against women, girls and boys in the first 8 months of 2022 and acts of resistance and insistence on women’s lives, dignity and freedoms”

Facts and figures: violence against women

According to data for the month of July 2022 from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, 4,407 murders of women have been registered in Mexico so far this year. Of which only 530 were classified as femicides, 1639 as premeditated murder and 2238 as manslaughter.

From January to July, 12,307 women were victims of malicious wounding, with April being the month with the highest number of cases as the Executive Secretariat figures reported 2,045 cases and July saw a slight drop as 1,813 complaints were registered ..

An important aspect to analyze and even question, because the fact that there are no complaints does not mean that crimes have decreased, and those of us who directly accompany women victims of violence know this very well, as reflected in our data : the calls and messages received in the National Shelter Network (RNR) from January to August of the current year were made directly by the woman victim of violence in 29% of the cases, while 20% of the cases were messages and calls made by the network to support the female victim of violence as she cannot communicate directly due to the level of risk and control of the aggressor.

Not to mention the lack of authority and trust that women have in the authorities, because in many cases when women turn to the relevant authorities, they are ignored or re-victimized. As reflected in the testimonies of the women who communicated during the first 8 months of this year: four out of every 100 women reported that they had previously asked for help from a government agency without receiving the expected support.

Because of the above, it is doubtful that in Mexico crimes against women continue to be measured when equated with the number of complaints filed, it is important and urgent to recognize that sexist violence is structural and systemic, as well as the deficit that exists to typify correctly the crimes.

Also, earlier this month, Seema Bacchus, Executive Director of UN Women, stated: “This is a turning point for women’s rights and gender equality as we approach the halfway point to 2030. It is critical that we mobilize now, to invest in women and girls, and to reclaim and accelerate progress. The data show undeniable regressions in their lives—in terms of income, safety, education, and health—that have been exacerbated by global crises. The longer it takes us to reverse this trend, the more it will cost us all,” this is part of the presentation of the Progress on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Gender Panorama 2022 Report, which analyzes the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, with which Mexico commits to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before 2030.
However, the 2023 budget released by the Ministry of Finance shows the opposite, as it confirms a weak commitment to addressing the failures of sexual and reproductive health rights, as well as ensuring spaces of security for women, as the 2023 budget package d. reflects a 1.05% reduction in the Program to Support Specialized Shelters for Women Victims of Gender-Based Violence. And although there is supposed to be an increase of more than 5%, this again does not predict inflation, which according to the Bank of Mexico is 7.49%.

Civil society organizations on the front lines of action in the face of Republican austerity and the rise of sexist violence against women, girls and adolescents.

Despite all the obstacles that various governments have placed on access to comprehensive justice and the guarantee of all rights for all women, between Presidential Circular No. 1 of 2019, Republican austerity that has led to setbacks in the women’s rights agenda, insufficient an exercise that was presented by not delivering PEF 2022 on time to the Shelter Program and PAIMEF, organizations such as the National Shelter Network pushed, resisted and created various actions to continue to provide specialist comprehensive support and to address the increase in violence, expanding and diversifying its services, with increasing attention and requests.

From January to August this year alone, the RNR provided specialist guidance through its helplines and social networks to 5,601 people, mostly women. A total of 2,192 people were served in this period, compared to 2,095 in the previous year, representing a 5% increase in women served by hotlines compared to 2021. Guidance was provided to 3,409 people through social media in the first 8 months of 2022.

Of the women assisted through the telephone line and social networks, 25% of them reported that they had been victims of physical violence, 40% of psychological violence; 10% said they had experienced economic violence; 9% reported domestic violence. Seven out of every 100 women reported experiencing all of the violence mentioned; six out of 10 women who have children report that their children also experience some form of abuse. Similarly, 429 women present reported being victims of sexual violence.

Of the reported male aggressors, four out of 10 are partners of the abused woman, two out of 10 are her husband and two out of 100 are her ex-partners who are the same aggressors to their daughters and sons.

Shelters and centers of external attention are spaces for protection, restoration of rights and prevention of femicides, which, despite the limited budgets, the lack of gender perspective, progressiveness and timely delivery, which they faced this year, do not stop working. In the first 8 months of 2022, 19,993 women, girls and boys received comprehensive and free care. A total of 12,190 people, mostly women, were served through the outpatient care centers and received guidance

specialized. In the Shelter, accommodation, food, comprehensive and specialized care are provided to 7,803 women and their children, which reflects an increase of 16% compared to the same months of 2021.

Regarding the profile of the aggressors, it is important to note that 13% of the reported aggressors have military or political connections; 21% use weapons; 29% have criminal records; 12% have links to drug trafficking, exacerbating the level of risk and impunity women face when trying to access full justice.

In the face of patriarchy and institutional violence, at RNR we pursue our agenda, nothing stops us

Sexual assaults, acid and/or caustic attacks, sexual harassment, enforced disappearances, daily murders of women and girls in our country are proof of the lack of a guarantor state and a national state of emergency, which is added to the lack of implementation of gendered protocols, poor or no training by authorities that not only prevent murders of women from being investigated as femicides, but also fail to inform women who do manage to seek help that they are entitled to asylum or , dismiss women’s claims , who were neglected and are now no longer alive or are being treated for physical, emotional and overall after-effects of an attempted femicide, such as an acid attack; a fact in which the patriarchal system is complicit and gives freedom to impunity. Such are 134 women who were treated by RNR and reported attempts at femicide that were minimized and classified as family violence by the authorities. Or like the recent case of a judge in Yucatan who refused to bind a man who hanged his ex-partner twice to trial for the attempted murder of a woman, finding that the victim “misunderstood the aggressor’s intentions”…unacceptable and heartbreaking , but a reality that crosses our Mexico.

“Face it, we are more of a feminist organization that acts with deeds rather than words and that when we say you are not alone, we actually accompany and agree, we believe in women and in reclaiming rights, so in the face of the wave of sexist violence, the demagoguery of the patriarchal system and the disgrace of governments, a little over a year ago I began to imagine the campaign Violet Tide, which, in addition to the contemplation of various women who generated the violet waves in favor of life, dignity and women’s freedoms, there was a song that proved and conveyed what Shelter is, so began the walk and the acceptance of one of the Mexican voices I admire: Vivir Quintana, who with her feminist and sorority heart said yes. Today I am excited to start this tour of the Music Gatherings in Mérida, where in addition to your presence, together with that of Dayra Fyah and Prania Esponda, we will present, as in each of the gatherings, the song of National Shelter Network, which I invite you to listen to and to be aware of its official launch, for now I’m telling you that this is a song like all the ones that Vivir Quintana writes, powerful, reimagining and hopeful. Wendy Figueroa.

“For me, creating the song for the National Shelter Network was an act of love and courage out of empathy for the compañeras who were refugees and also for those who work in the shelters. Creating resistance from music also makes a refuge, a healthy refuge that travels through the conscience and generates courage to amplify the power and voice of the compañeras who need and want to be heard” Vivir Quintana.

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