‘War on women’ in Mexico described as growing worse since escalation of drug war

El Paso Times, 4/7/12

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.

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