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Violence In Mexico May Be Worse Than You Think

March 18, 2020
Aila Matanock


In analysis for Political Violence At A Glance, an IGCC-supported online magazine dedicated to political violence and its alternatives, Aila Matanock, IGCC researcher and assistant professor at UC Berkeley, explores the rise of violence against women in Mexico, and the importance of academic evidence for holding the government accountable.

In February, a 25-year-old woman named Ingrid Escamilla was stabbed to death, and her body mutilated, in Mexico, allegedly by her partner. The story was widely covered in the news and provoked protests across the country.

Escamilla’s murder was not an aberration. The reported rates of killings of women and girls in Mexico have increased 137 percent over the past five years. Reactions to the specific case, but also the broader trend in this type of homicide—or femicide as it is legally and popularly known—have helped to galvanize large marches across Latin America as well as a recent massive strike in Mexico City.

The rise of violence against women coincides with growing concern about high levels of violence in Mexico generally, including violence committed against transiting asylum seekersrisks to other foreigners, and recent incidents perpetrated by drug-trafficking organizations seeking to secure land.

The level of violence is probably even worse than the figures reported by the government and covered by the media.

Read the full article at Political Violence At A Glance.