FNS: One Woman’s Fight against Femicide Crosses Borders

In terms of this statement from the article below, I would point out that it is true that the murders of women increased greatly in 2008… They increased from about 25 in 2007 to 98 in 2008. At the same time, the murders of men increased even more–from 291 in 2007 to 1,525 in 2008. Interestingly, as the killings in Juarez exploded in 2008, the PERCENTAGE of the total homicide victims who were women DECREASED, from almost 8 percent in 2007 to 6 percent in 2008. In the same years (and for many years) the percentage of murder victims in the United States each year who are women was between 20 and 25 percent.
Overall, from 1993-2013, women are about 9.2 percent of total homicide victims in Ciudad Juarez. molly
                   Total homicides          Males                        Females
2007 316 291 25 7.91%
2008 1623 1525 98 6.04%
A sharp increase in women’s murders and disappearances coincided with the introduction of large groups of armed men, both from government security forces and organized criminal groups, after narco-violence exploded in 2008, the women’s advocate said.
“There is a correlation between the armed masculine presence and the murders of women,” Aragon added. “According to the statistics, this increased the vulnerability of women.”
FNS: One Woman’s Fight against Femicide Crosses Borders

April 23, 2014

Women’s/Human Rights News

One Woman’s Fight against Femicide Crosses Borders

Laura Aragon Castro has broad perspectives on the struggle for gender justice. Inside and outside of government and across multiple borders, Aragon has waged a long fight from different trenches for women’s access to justice and a life free of violence.

Growing up in the state of Chihuahua in the 1990s, the young Mexican woman became aware of the serial murders of women in the state’s big border city of Ciudad Juarez. Later, while studying in France, she learned about similar killings in her hometown of Chihuahua City.


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About virginiaisaad

Virginia is a journalist based in Los Angeles who's written for publications including Los Angeles magazine, Upworthy, and Elite Daily. She was born in Argentina and raised in the San Fernando Valley along with her three siblings. Fun fact: She took a Chicanas and Feminism course with Eva Longoria while studying for her master's in mass communication at California State University, Northridge. Follow her on Twitter @virginiaisaad

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