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'War on women' in Mexico Described as Growing

Sunday, April 8, 2012 |

Posted in the Borderland Beat Forum by Athena

'War on women' in Mexico described as growing worse since escalation of drug war.

By Diana Washington Valdez

El Paso Times

Violence against women in Mexico grew worse during the country's war against the drug cartels, according to the preliminary findings of a recent fact-finding delegation led by two Nobel laureates.

The delegation from the Nobel Women's Initiative also found that the same trend of violence against women holds true for Honduras and Guate mala, where Mexico-based drug-trafficking organizations have extended their operations.

"The war on drugs and increased militarization in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala is becoming a war on women," said Jody Williams, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban land mines.
"The government's efforts to improve 'security' in the region have directly resulted in insecurity for civilian populations, and most especially, for women," she said.

The Canada-based Nobel Women's Initiative has followed the evolution of violence against women in Juárez.

Mexican government statistics show that the homicides of women in Juárez increased dramatically in recent years: 23 in 2006, 27 in 2007, 117 in 2008 and 306 in 2009.

In Juárez, the war between two rival drug cartels began in 2008. Part of the government's response was to periodically deploy hundreds of soldiers and federal agents to the border city.

Williams and Rigoberta Menchú Tum led the fact-finding delegation, which visited the three countries in January. Menchú won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for defending the rights of indigenous people in Guatemala.

"Militarization/remilitarization is a significant factor in the increase in violence in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala and in violence against women in particular," the delegation said in a statement.

"In Mexico in particular, many woman who testified indicated that the 'war on drugs' had increased violence and eclipsed rights. The war on drugs and 'back-up' for companies exploiting natural resources were the primary reasons cited for the deployment of the military in communities."

The Nobel Women's Initiative included meetings with President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras, President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, Mexico's Attorney General Marisela Morales and Supreme Court Justice Olga Sanchez Cordero.

Morales said Mexico has special law enforcement units to investigate the women's slayings. In Chihuahua state, Gov. Cesar Duarte said a special prosecutor's office is looking into the killings while another specialized unit is investigating reports of at-risk missing women.

Honduras and Guatemala officials also said they have specialized units to investigate women's slayings.

During their fact-finding mission, the Nobel Initiative delegates met with people who were affected by the violence, with activists and with government officials.

The Nobel Women's Initiative organized the visit to the three countries in collaboration with Just Associates (JASS), an international network of activists, scholars and educators involved in local and national actions in more than 27 countries.

Lisa VeneKlasen, JASS executive director, said, "In countries where more than 90 percent of crimes are never prosecuted, one can imagine how unwilling officials are to go after those committing violent crimes against women and women activists. The lack of prosecution is like giving a blank check to criminals."

The delegation will issue a final report later this year, along with recommendations for the governments of Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.

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17 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Jody Williams , where does she get her facts? The reason the Military is deployed is because that is the ONLY resource Available,period for law Enforcement. I suppose Ms Williams believes no law at all is a better option??I suppose being a bleeding heart activist is much more popular than I imagined and gives one a pulpit.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree the only reason the army & marines are on the streets is because Mexico doesn't have a proper police force as they're all corrupt and the people don't trust them. Having lived in Monterrey for 2 years I've seen the news talked to people my friends etc, people like Jody Williams don't have a clue as they've never lived there, if the police are a joke what other option is left?? Not a great solution for your army & marines to be doing a policemans job but that shows everyone that it's an emergency situation at the moment.

Anonymous said...

Women of Mexico: If you are tired of the violence stop raising your sons to believe they do not have a duty/right to defend themselves and should rely on the socialist government to "protect" them. It is your emotionally driven actions that has created a nation of slaves. But go ahead and vote for the PRI or your so called "conservative" party this next election. I am sure they have your best interests at heart.

Anonymous said...

Women in ALL Latin and Central America have allways played to a machismo society for as
long as anyone can remember. In Mexico and Central Americac "Children should be seen" and
"Not Heard" has been enforced for women also..!
If you remember the 90's when Juarez was the
Female Murder Capital of this hemisphere and
still no one has been put away for all those
murders. No wonder so many females risk everything; to get to the states..!

Anonymous said...

Just because they're women doesn't mean they're innocent, women nowadays aren't like they were 50 years ago, they may have more independence etc but that also brings negative things too, so people like the "peli roja" & the women from the Beltran leyva cartel who had the facelift their women who we should feel sorry for? Women know what they're getting into end of, just as long as they're getting some nice clothes or money they'll be the girlfriend of a narco. ### I don't mean every woman but I just mean not all women are innocent victims as these narcos are sons of mothers, brothers of sisters etc... Do the mums and sisters really care I think not.

Anonymous said...

MEXICAN MEN,ARE YOU PROUD OF YOURSELVES ?
WE SHOULD PROTECT OUR WOMEN,PHYSICALLY WE ARE THE STRONGER SPECIES,WE ARE SUPPOSED TO TAKE CARE OF THEM AND KEEP THEM SAFE.I AM NO ANGEL BY ANY MEANS,BUT I HAVE NEVER VIOLATED A WOMAN,OR HURT ONE.A MAN IS THE LOWEST OF THE LOW IF HE VIOLATES A WOMAN AGAINST HER WILL.MEN,FUCK EM,VIOLENCE IS IN OUR NATURE,WOMEN,ARE THE NURTURERS FOR OUR CHILDREN,THEY CARRY THEM,GIVE BIRTH TO THEM,TO GIVE US A CHILD.WOULD YOU VIOLATE YOUR CHILD,A LITTLE GIRL?WOMEN ARE A GODS GIFT TO US MEN,THAT IS MY OUTLOOK.NEVER EVER,SHOULD A WOMAN BE VIOLATED BECAUSE WE ARE STRONGER THAN THEM AND WE WANT THEM,EVERY DAY I SEE A WOMAN I WOULD LOVE TO HOLD,BUT I WOULD NEVER FORCE A WOMAN TO DO ANYTHING.LOOK BUT DONT TOUCH.

Anonymous said...

Yes, if there was no military in the streets, there would be 'less' violence- however that does not mean that the drug problem is solved, that just means that you have chosen to ignore and pretend it's not happening.
Calderon was the first president with the BALLS to actully tackle the problem head on, But too many factors are against him-piss poor intelligiences, corrupt party members and police force, lack of belief from the Mexican people.
The PRI are famous for corruption and even have MPs on their payroll who have been known and convicted (but not charged). The PRI will do as they did before, negociate with the cartels, take a slice of the profit and payoff the tabloids to tell mexicans that the problem is solved.

Anonymous said...

EVERY ONE HAVE TO RESPECT AND PROTECT FEMALES BECAUSE WE WERE BORN FROM ONE AND IS THE LIFE SOURCE FROM ALL HUMANS WITH OUT THEM WE WHOULD NEVER EXIST AND AS GRATITUDE AND RESPECT IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO TO HONOR THEM THANK YOU.

Anonymous said...

Declare your independence! Don't let them do that to you! --- Bjork

Anonymous said...

@ 6:43 - there should be more men like you ;)

I am a little bit afraid because I am planing to go to mexico next year.
Are there any information if these women were involved in narcobusiness?
Is it very dangerous for femals to travel alone in mexico?

Anonymous said...

TRAVEL IN AIR PLANE THESE WOMEN WERE NOT INTO ANY ELEGAL ACTIVITIES AND DONT DRESS SEXY.

Anonymous said...

April 11, 2012 6:55 AM .
I realize the worth of women to us men,violence in this world is made from us men.As i said i am no angel by any means,this makes me just as bad as any,in order to protect her.But i would never ever dream of hurting a woman or violating her.Don't get downhearted there are good men...Who is closer to us men than the girl we may spend our life with.
If a man can hurt a woman once,that shows the character of the man,and then you should run a mile from him.You know this without being told.
WOMEN ARE GODS GIFT TO MEN,WHAT WOULD WE BE WITHOUT THEM,THINK ABOUT THIS,BEFORE YOU EVER HURT OR VIOLATE ONE.

Anonymous said...

April 11, 2012 6:55 AM .
Girl,adventure and travel are the spice of life,but if you was my daughter,my girl,mother,i would not be encouraging you to go alone.I don't care what anyone says on here.If you are Mexican-American and can speak Espanol good,maybe.But if you are a US girl,think about it strongly,especially if you are fair skinned and or blonde?You may go and have a great informative time,but right now their are some seriously animalistic rats running around.Seriously think about it before you go.The US would probably advise against it,i love travel myself,and have done long haul flights to Asia etc,but i am a man,fit and in shape,and it does make a difference.

Anonymous said...

Homicides of women have skyrocketed to around 300 a year. So what? The homicides of men have skyrocketed to around 9,000 a year or more. That's like 22 men dead for every woman.

Of course those men deserved it for being in the drug trade but none of those women were. They were all perfect angels. Right? And if if they were involved with the narcos it could only be because some evil man forced her too. Right? No. You're stupid if you believe all of that.

I don't believe in machismo. Which means that I don't believe that there is anything sacred about a female or that her life is worth more than a man's. I don't believe that women are morally superior or that they can do no harm. This is called equality. Women seem to want it, or so they say.

There is no war against women. The idea that there is a war is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

U probably have hell getting a date or keeping a girlfriend with your attitude. Do you feel that way towards your mother?

foreignpress said...

Yes, I'm familiar with the Nobel Women's Initiative. They sit in comfortable offices and sip their designer coffees while studying charts and graphs. They have lunches in exotic locations as "delegations." Everthing is safe -- for them. There is no fight in the Mexican people. The only recourse against the cartels now is vigilantism -- the people arming themselves against a cruel, and hellish enemy. It is now up to Mexicans, the poor and the impoverished, to take back their country.

Anonymous said...

I say bring on the drones. The 50 plus convoys wud be wiped out in one whack from a remote controlled item and u dont see or hear em comin

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