International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Mexico

Tania Reneaum, Amnesty International Mexico Executive Director, noted that in Mexico, gender-based violence against women is normalized, accepted, and even tolerated
66.1% of Mexican women have suffered at least one act of violence in their lives - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
25/11/2017
16:37
Newsroom/EL UNIVERSAL in English
Mexico City
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Women's activists pronounced November 25 as a day against violence since 1981, the very same date of the assassination of the Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo in 1960.

However, it was until 1999 that the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women inviting governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise awareness of one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.

This year, Tania Reneaum, Amnesty International Mexico Executive Director, called on the Mexican authorities to carry out forceful actions to eradicate violence against women, emphasizing that inaction is mere complicity.

On September, Tania Reneaum tweeted: "Sorority demanding justice and guarantees of non-repetition​."

In a statement, Tania Reneaum noted that in Mexico, gender-based violence against women is normalized, accepted, and even tolerated.

"It is undeniable that women are constantly at risk, and that we are even blamed for our behavior, it does not exist a State that guarantees our security and integrity," adding that the authorities must prevent and end violence against women.

According to the data released by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía abbreviated Inegi), 66.1% of Mexican women have suffered at least one act of violence in their lives.

Today, in the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, relatives of femicide victims marched from the Ángel de la Independencia Monument to the Zocalo plaza in the heart of downtown Mexico City.

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