In October 2018 the State of Mexico has been the second region in Mexico with the highest index of femicides, according to the detective with gender perspective information report of the Office for Domestic Affairs (SEGOB by its acronym in Spanish).
Within just a few months of the current year 2019, the State of Mexico has already reported 25 femicides, according to couinting on Frida Guerrera´s website.
The activist and journalist Frida Guerrera, along with her work-team, document and keep records of the femicides that occur above the whole Mexican territory with the purpose of condemning the violence experienced by Mexican women. One associate of Guerrera’s workteam counted 198 femicides in the state of Mexico for 2018.
The Institution of Information and Geographic, Estadistic y Catastral Research of the State of Mexico (IGECEM by its acronym in Spanish), in its last intercensal survey of 2015 indicates that there are 16 millions 187 thousand 608 persons in the State of Mexico of which 8 million 353 thousand 540 are women, this means that 51.15% a little more of the entire population are women.
What is a femicide?
According to the definition of Marthe Legarde (2006), Mexican anthropologist and academic, the term is used “not only to point out the gender of the victims, if not to make visible the social construction of these hate crimes and the impunity of the subjects who commit it”; in other words, femicide is the murder of women for the sole reason of being women.
In a brief survey addressed to women who live in the city of Toluca, State of Mexico, most of them agree with Legarde’s definition. Femicide is a hate crime and dominion related to gender matter.
The femicide is composed by a series of violent attitudes from one or more men towards women. Most of the time it begins with psychological mistreat and it increases until it becomes murder. These attitudes are the consequence of misogyny and macho education that despises women’s life. It is quite important to emphasize that most of these murders show signs of previous rape. These kind of events glimpse the general idea, in this macho education and culture, that women’s body was merely made for the entertainment and pleasure of the male gender.
Despite the disturbing numbers, only “one percent of the cases is assisted” pointed out the activist Frida Guerrera. The rest of the cases are completely forgotten and, between mockeries and constant incrimination of the victim. There is even evidence of police agents participating on the disappearing of women dead bodies. The State of Mexico is a land where impunity rules.
When Mexican citizens of the State of Mexico were asked about how does it feels to live in that region, a lot them answer with two perceptions: fear and constant danger when they go out. In the same way they consider that the only option they have until now is to care one another because no one else is going to do it.
Mexico is “the country where being a woman is an act of survival”- Frida Guerrera and Mexican women.