AGENCIES, Mexico City: Almost 1,000 women have lost their lives in Mexico to violence in the first three months of this year, according to government data. Violence, homicides are rampant in this part of the world but what is surprising is the fact that there’s been an unusual spike in violence during the coronavirus lockdown period.
Year-on-year, the female mortality rates due to violence was 8% higher, according to government data. “The deadliest pandemic for women in our country, more than the coronavirus, is feminicidal violence,” said Congresswoman Martha Tagle from the Opposition Citizens’ Movement party.
“Today, violence is the greatest threat to all the rights for women that we have had recognised with great effort,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Some 14,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Mexico, and more than 1,300 deaths, although testing rates are low. Of the coronavirus deaths, about 420 have been women, the government said.
The government reported that at least 720 women were murdered in the first quarter of the year and 244 women were victims of femicide, where a woman is killed because of her gender.
A year ago, at least 890 women were killed.
Gender-based violence is widespread in the Latin American country. The femicide rate has more than doubled in the past five years, and gang violence has pushed the murder tally to record heights. Most violent crime in Mexico goes unsolved.
Protests against gendered violence grew earlier this year, with millions of Mexican women staying home from work during a nationwide strike in March, a day after a series of protests across the country for International Women’s Day.
Mexico suffered its worst year for homicides in 2019, with a record 34,582 victims, according to data published in January.