July 5th, 2011
· 187 Women were murdered during the first half year of 2011.
During the first six months of the year from January 1st, 2011 to June 30th, 2011 there have been 187 women murdered in the state of Chihuahua. 117 of those murdered occurred in the municipality of Juárez, which represents 63% according to the documentation produced by Justice for Our Daughters based on journalistic data and requests to access that information.
In the first six months of 2010, there were 194 women killed, which represents a decrease of 4% in 2011 with respect to the same time period in 2010. Nevertheless, the problem continues, and a decrease in seven murdered women is very little consolation.
Efforts to combat the present problem continue, and on June 23rd, Norma Ledezma, the founder and coordinator of Justice for Our Daughters, participated in a Dialog for Peace in the Castillo de Chapultepec (National History Museum in Mexico City) which was headed by president Felipe Calderón and diverse victims of violence.
At this event, Norma Ledezma declared: ”The case of Paloma Escobar, my daughter, is in the process of going to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, faced with the indolence of the State and the insensitivity to our suffering, it will be the second case of femicide that will sentence a Mexican State in an Inter-American Court.”
With no response from the Mexican State of Chihuahua, Norma asked for the creation of a database of genetic DNA information from victims’ families at a national level, as well as, prosecutors specialized in femicides and gender based crimes in each State. Initiatives or lawsuits will be key to combat and tackle the problem of femicide as much as the disappearance of women.