A local election in Mexico is shedding light on a war that has gone under-reported and often undocumented and unnoticed in the Latin American country for years. The daily murder of women as a show of male power, known as femicide.
Overshadowed by the war on drugs, the murders that may number six a day, have been so ignored by the authorities that there are few reliable figures, poor legislation and even disputes over what classifies as femicide. What is clear, say local NGOs, is that the murder rate is increasing.
Now, voters in the regional state of Mexico are forcing politicians to recognize the problem and take action. In the last year, tens of thousands of women have taken to the streets to demand greater protection from the state. In response, the candidates in the June 4 election are offering to train prosecutors on gender equality and open a special agency to support the victims’ families. It seems the minimum the authorities could do, but it is a start.