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Quintana Roo among states with high rates of femicide

Cancun, Q.R. — The state of Quintana Roo is one of 11 with gender violence problems, having recorded 10 femicide deaths already this year, however, due to lack of data, the development of public policies remains slow.

Legislature has approved the request by the First Work Committee on Governance, Constitutional Points and Justice, for femicide information from known problem states including the State of Mexico, Morelos, Chiapas, Veracruz, Sinaloa, Nuevo León, Colima, San Luis Potosí, Guerrero, Quintana Roo and Nayarit.

The deputy of the Party of the Democratic Revolution Olga Catalán Padilla, says that not having concrete figures of cases of feminicidal violence hinders the development of public policies or actions that avoid or, where appropriate, decrease violence against women and girls.

The legislator pointed out that data exists in civil associations and academic institutions that register violence against women. Since 2003, even the National Institute of Statistics and Geography conducts a national survey on the dynamics of relations in the home.

There is also the National Bank of Data and Information on Cases of Violence against Women that, assured Catalán Padilla, lacks explicit information on the cases of feminicide in the different states.

Reyna Durán Ovando, councilor for the National Regeneration Movement of Benito Juárez, has requested the dismissal of the current director of the Municipal Institute of Women Aholibama Torres Bui, for the lack of gender violence results.

The councilor, who heads the Municipal Commission of Equity and Gender, said that despite the Ministry of the Interior decreed, there is no progress on the part of the institution in charge of the Torres Bui who has discarded several recommendations.

Torres Bui is also the coordinator of the Gender Violence Alert Work Table.

According to the Integral Center of Attention to Women areas in east Cancun show the highest levels of violence against women and girls, which is also shown to be the most violent area of the city according to the Atlas of Violence of the Municipal Public Security Secretariat.

During the first month of the year, 10 women were reordered murdered in the northern part of the state between Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen.

The Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System recorded 32 cases of violence against women last year, of which the State Attorney General’s Office only typified four as femicide in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Chetumal.

The agency indicates that femicide has increased 72 percent in Mexico since 2015, and that in Quintana Roo, the most frequent types of violence are between spouses with nearly 15,000 emergency calls.