• Increase 42% in numbers of women murdered in Chihuahua by February 28, compared to last year.
• Relatives of the victims face a real risk when they demand justice
Femicide is the most extreme gender-based violence against women. This violation of human rights which is marked by misogyny and social impunity and the state, continues to claim lives in the State of Chihuahua1.
So far this year, from 1 January 2011 to 28 February 2011, 79 women have been killed in the state of Chihuahua. 52 out of the 79 killings took place in the municipality of Juárez, according to the database developed by the ONG "Justice for Our Daughters" (Justicia para Nuestras Hijas), which is based in a journalistic review and requests for access to public information.
In the first two months of 2011, there was an increase of 42% compared to the first bimester of 2010. That means that in 2010 there were 54 femicides by February 28 while in 2011 were 79.
Efforts by civil society organizations, are often facing governments rejection, particularly in the states of Mexico and Guanajuato, regarding to the proposal National Citizens' Watch femicide, to give Gender Alert. This Alert2 is issued as an emergency measure to prevent violence femicide in General Law of Access of Women to a Life Free of Violence. Above all, this alert could contribute to the reduction of femicide in the State of Chihuahua, however, the actions by our government in order to put it into practice are limited.
Violence against women in Chihuahua is growing, such as reflected in the statistics. Also, the danger that victims’ relatives face is worrying because some of them have been executed for seeking justice. For example, that is the case of Marisela Escobedo and more recently, Maria Magdalena Reyes Salazar, Luisa Ornelas Soto and Elijah Reyes, relatives of human rights advocate Josefina Reyes. With deep indignation, Justice for Our Daughters regrets these acts as well as each of the murders of women occurred in the state, and requires prompt and effective investigation to find and punish those responsible who turn to be the responsible.
1 Ley de General de Acceso de las Mujeres a una Vida Libre de Violencia. Capítulo V De la Violencia Feminicida y de la Alerta de Violencia de Género Contra las Mujeres. Art. 21
2 The Gender Alert, is the set of government actions to address emergency and eradicate femicide in a given territory, whether exercised by individuals or by the community itself.