Women in Mexico are protesting femicide. Police have responded with force.


Source: The Washington Post

Femicide protests in Mexico City turned violent Monday after women clashed with riot police stationed outside the National Palace, the residence of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Activists say he’s failed to take rampant sexual violence seriously, even as it’s led to the deaths of 10 women a day.

López Obrador, also known by the acronym AMLO, dismissed the protests that coincided with International Women’s Day, arguing they were spurred by his conservative opponents. But the populist president with left-wing origins, who has long had tense relationships with feminist movements, has in recent weeks stoked the anger of many women for his support of a gubernatorial candidate accused of sexual assault, alongside continuing high cases of gender-based violence.


Women’s Day: Protesters clash with police in Mexico


Source: BBC

Police and activists have clashed in Mexico City at a march to mark International Women’s Day.

Officers forced back protesters with tear gas and riot shields in the capital’s main square, the Zócalo.

Protesters were calling for the government to address the country’s poor record on the murder of women, often referred to as femicide, and gender-based violence.


Advocates paint names of female violence victims on barriers in Mexico


Source: The Hill

Women’s advocates on Saturday painted the names of female victims of violence on barriers that were erected in front of Mexico’s national palace ahead of a protest planned for International Women’s Day.

Activists displayed the words “Victims of Femicide” in Spanish on the metal barriers outside of the palace that holds the Mexican president’s offices and listed many women’s names below it, Reuters reported.


‘Amlo made us public enemy No 1’: why feminists are Mexico’s voice of opposition


Source: The Guardian

Mexico’s president had a confession to make. Women on social media were holding up signs reading, “President, break the pact” and Andrés Manuel López Obrador was confused.

He turned to his wife to set him straight. The women were describing the pact of the patriarchy, she told him.


Mexico’s president defends decision to barricade palace ahead of women’s march


Source: The Guardian

The Mexican president has claimed that a metallic barrier to wall off the presidential palace ahead of a planned women’s march is intended to avoid provocation and protect historic buildings from vandalism.

In a country where femicides rose nearly 130% between 2015 and 2020, critics said the decision to erect the three-metre-high (10ft) barriers was symptomatic of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s apathy toward the crisis of violence against women.


Covid Drags Down Mexico’s Women, Already Worst Off in the Region


Source: Bloomberg

The women of Mexico already faced the worst economic prospects in Latin America. Now the pandemic threatens to sink them even further, aggravating chronic inequality and dragging down the country’s fortunes.

Almost two-thirds of the nation’s job losses during the outbreak fell on women, according to government data. These setbacks are compounded by the government’s failure to support parents during the crisis, while a lack of fiscal stimulus means any economic recovery depends mostly on male-dominated heavy industries that export.


As the pandemic escalates struggles for the women of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, media coverage of femicide grows


Source: The Seattle Times

“DISAPPEARING DAUGHTERS,” our special issue about femicide on the U.S.-Mexico border, was published on March 8, International Women’s Day — the same week the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic — which had filled hospital beds and morgues to capacity in Ciudad Juárez as of November — has led to an increase in intimate partner violence in Mexico, just as it has in the United States. According to Mexican government data, 26,171 emergency calls were made in March about violence against women, breaking a record. In May, Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador dismissed the severity of the problem, claiming 90% of those calls were false.


Inside Mexico’s feminist occupation


Source: Al Jazeera

Mexico City, Mexico – From an office on the second floor of Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), 42-year-old Erika Martinez recounts how the colonial-style building in downtown Mexico City became her home.

The petite woman, whose close-cropped hair and fierce expression have become somewhat iconic in Mexico over the past two months, no longer refers to the building on Republica de Cuba Street as the Human Rights Commission. She calls it by the name printed on a banner on the front of the building: the Okupa Cuba Casa Refugio (Cuba Occupation-Shelter House) – or the Okupa for short.


Mexican Women Are Furious. AMLO Should Start Listening.


Source: Americas Quarterly

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is an increasingly powerful man. At the helm of what he calls the country’s “Fourth Transformation,” he has dismantled checks and balances, weakened autonomous institutions, and seized discretionary control of the budget. AMLO, as the president is widely known, seems intent on pulling Mexico back to an era of single-party dominance, and in the absence of a cohesive opposition, his dream of centralized and unobstructed control may yet become reality. Thanks in part to the corruption and callousness of his predecessors, López Obrador remains popular despite mismanagement of COVID-19 and an expected decline in GDP this year of about 10%.

Yet there is one force that has caught López Obrador by surprise – and threatens to derail his plans and damage his reputation. Frustrated by the government’s lack of a response to a pandemic of violence against women that has only grown worse in recent years, Mexico’s feminists have become the one true thorn in AMLO’s side: a singular political movement that he does not seem to understand, cannot control and will be unable to suppress.


Women in Mexico Bear the Brunt of Pandemic Unemployment


Source: Bloomberg

The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic has taken a greater toll on Mexican women then men. Some 3.2 million female workers lost their jobs in the six-month period through August, or 64% of the total. Compounding matters, women were already vastly underrepresented in the workplace: At the end of 2019, there were 1.5 men for every woman in the labor market. That had jumped to 1.7 by last month, while the job-loss gender gap due to the crisis was far larger in Mexico than in six other Latin American nations tracked by the Inter-American Development Bank, including Peru, Colombia and Bolivia.