Women in Mexico take to streets to protest country’s high rate of femicide

In Mexico, an average of ten women are victims of femicide every day. Thousands of women have mobilized in street protests to take a stand against feminicide in a country where they say women’s rights are being ignored, and a nationwide strike by women is scheduled for Monday. FRANCE 24 has this special report.

Two recent assassinations in particular have shocked the nation: Ingrid Escamilla was stabbed and skinned by her boyfriend in February, images of her body widely publicized by the media. A few days later, Fatima, 7, also became a symbol of feminicide in the country after her body was found mutilated.

“We are afraid for our children, it is frightening not to know what could happen to them,” said a woman to FRANCE 24.

In response to the recent increase in femicide cases, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised to do whatever is necessary to protect women. “I am open to anything that contributes to bringing peace and tranquility to the country. We will continue to work to improve things, ”he said.

MarianaLima Buendía was killed by her police husband in 2010. Irinea Buendía, her mother, is still not convinced by the President’s promises.

“I can’t help but think that President Obrador is not doing his duty and doing nothing to ensure justice for the victims of femicide. Yet it is her job to protect the citizens, “she said.

Click on the video player above to watch this report by Yinka Oyetade.