These days the topic of feminicide is heard a lot. Although it is a scourge that has been in humanity for a long time, nowadays the Mexican society has awakened due to recent cases of brutal and sadistic murders of women, which have shocked the country.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, although aware of this problem, has responded in his morning conferences in a very philosophical, instructive, detailed manner, as well as avoiding talking about the in depth about the matter, delegating others to resolve the problem.
In Nuestra America Magazine, we have already published several articles analyzing this evil way to treat women, which has millenary roots. Solutions, there are many, wiliness of the authorities and experts, almost none. Many words, many speeches, but actions, shine by their absence in most cases.
In Mexico, according to the National Citizen Observatory of Feminicide, seven Mexicans are murdered every day and only 25% of the cases are investigated as femicides.
The murder of women in Mexico gained international notoriety in 1993, when the cases of women murdered on the northern border city of Ciudad Juárez began to be publicly denounced. It took Mexico two decades to consider femicide as a crime. Today, the whole country is like Ciudad Juarez.
To better understand the terms used when talking about this social evil, the Royal Spanish Academy says that feminicide is the murder of a woman at the hands of a man for machismo or misogyny, which is disgust for women.
At the press conference on Tuesday, February 18, President López Obrador was questioned about his lack of action on the issue. And he simply answered: “We are in the best disposition to work together ”, said the president. “We are attending all social problems, the causes, going to the bottom, to strength values, avoid the disintegration of families, the family is fundamental, maybe in other countries not so much, but in Mexico the family is the main pillar of coexistence. ”
I believe that the social problem of feminicide must be treated from education in schools, to get into the minds of boys and girls that hitting a woman is bad, it is not acceptable in society. Although I sympathize with the women who have taken to the streets with their faces covered to paint walls and historical monuments, I consider to protests to those who promote machismo: the film industry that has raised machista values in its films. Television stations that produce soap operas highlighting the masculine power over women. Protest in the cantinas, in the night clubs, in the brothels, where the perpetrators are, drinking beer with provocatively dressed women sitting on their laps.
I remember as a young boy, seeing many mothers, housewives, crying when they saw their life reflected in soap operas while the walls of their houses were stained with blood due to the slaps or punches of their husband on their faces. A belt or whip at hand, so that the cowardly spouse will take it to whip both her and the children. Many mothers tried or committed suicide by not taking their spouse's rage anymore.
It is very true that when a woman complains to the authorities, they almost ignore her. Most people who take cases are men. And seeing a woman who complains, I remember as a young man one said as an excuse not to take the complaint "... well look how you’re dressed, he was right to hit you."
Ricardo Monroy wrote on Facebook “For officials of public ministries it is easier to tell relatives of missing women 'for sure she left with the boyfriend'; well before starting an investigation. The authorities usually relate the disappearances of women due to family problems, drug or alcohol use instead of understanding the complexity of the violence experienced in Mexico City. "
"The authorities do not want to accept that violence against women is a more complex issue, which goes beyond family, couple, drug and alcohol problems. They justify themselves by not wanting to risk their work team, are colluded or do not want to accept it. "
About three decades ago I wrote an article that bore the title: ‘Goddess Slave has been the woman’. At that time, I quoted José Martí who said: “Women must be by her man’s side, as a companion, and not at his feet like a beautiful toy. ”