Over the past weeks, the bodies of three women were found in three different municipalities of the State of Mexico. The State of Mexico is the most dangerous state for women — 10 times more women have been murdered there then in Ciudad Juarez over the last 21 years.
Thank you, Ms. Bautista for the important, informative article.
I would like to add 3 points to it.
First, regarding the dates as to WHEN the enhanced ad hoc campaigns of Feminicide began, they run parallel to NAFTA’s introduction to Mexico. It’s my understanding that many young women taking factory jobs along the border became easy prey to sexual predators, particularly if they walked home from night shifts.
Secondly, the matter of machismo comes into play. When nations, particularly Hispanic nations, are economically or politically invaded by outside interests, it’s very typical for the males to pump up their lost sense of personal sovereignty by lording power over women. Machismo is an enculturated widely seen form of sexism.
Thirdly, the Catholic Church has its tentacles in this for having LONG pushed an ethos that hands women second-class status. So long as males are given a religious rationale for their sense of superiority over women, up to and including using females, and viewing women as material objects (that belong to them), worse atrocities become possible.
Fourth and Fifth components include the massive proliferation of a sort of pornography designed to cheapen, denigrate, and degrade the female body; and The War on Drugs that allows sociopaths in uniform to treat law with contempt.
In short, the long centuries of machismo coupled with misogynistic religious belief systems mixed in with poverty… that’s become armed, loaded, and dangerous… results in the sordid, deadly mix manifesting as growing levels of Feminicide.
Apart from all of this, thank you for the work that you do, and thank the Goddess for the work being done by Sisters who, in larger numbers, can begin to form a counterbalancing force to that of mad men with sworn allegiances to The Gun, violence, and/or Mars rules.
Super appreciate this article and all the work that is being done to confront the institutionalized and metastasizing violence against women, not just in Mexico but worldwide, symptomatic of the desperate desire for control that lies at the heart of patriarchy.
Also appreciate this: “Pan y Rosas believes that feminicide is a crime that stems from poverty, the precarious work conditions of women, and misogyny resulting in sexual torture and violence against the victims’ bodies.”
Linking the precarious and desperate economic reality that has been engineered, with the concrete violence that women experience, identifies this engineered impoverishment as not just direct violence itself, but also as a source of multiple forms of violence, and helps provide impetus to organize for wealth reform and income equality.
The term “state agents by day and hit men by night” is constantly repeated.
This IS the general consensus of those affected. It’s the cops.
The other troubling aspect is the continued support from US officials.
So richly heralded as the first Latina GOP Governor, Gov. Martinez’ first act was to attempt repeal of NM driver licenses for Mexican Nationals working and living here.
What this does is further drive innocent, registered, law abiding, tax paying people into a “state of Illegality” which keeps them in constant jeopardy and subject to the illegal activities of organized crime.
As Prosecuting Atty for the border city of Las Cruces, one wonders why Ms Martinez never had a significant case prosecuting Cartel from her neighboring Ciudad Juarez.