Slaughter of women goes ignored
Carmen Morán Breña
El País (Spain)
Mexican women are furious at their government’s anemic response to an epidemic of gender violence, said Carmen Morán Breña. An average of 10 women a day are killed in Mexico, mostly by current or former partners—a chilling toll that has sparked months of protests by women’s groups. Their anger reached boiling point last week when Ingrid Escamilla, a 25-year-old Mexico City resident, was murdered and skinned by her partner. Yet President Andrés Manuel López Obrador merely reacted with exasperation when asked about the femicide crisis, saying the issue was being “manipulated” by his opponents. Worse, his attorney general, Alejandro Gertz Manero, has proposed eliminating the charge of femicide, saying it is too difficult to determine whether any given female homicide victim was murdered because of her gender. María Candelaria Ochoa Ávalos, a lawmaker with López Obrador’s party who heads his commission on violence, argues that misogyny is entrenched in society and so must be “fought in the family, in the school, in the unions, in the institutions, in the churches.” That’s a cop-out. The president has almost total power in our political system; López Obrador has simply chosen not to use it to halt the mounting casualties in this war against women.