In 18 years, 1,600 women have been killed in Oaxaca

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The organization RED highlighted that in the region of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the demand for the service of protection and safeguarding of women’s lives has increased in recent years.

Within the framework of the International Women’s Day and the 20th anniversary of its foundation, the Interinstitutional RED for the Prevention and Attention to Cases of Family and Sexual Violence in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec reported that in the last 18 years, 1,600 women have been killed in Oaxaca.

The Interinstitutional RED, made up of about twenty collectives, organizations and public and community institutions such as the Women’s Group March 8, Mexfam, Guendaracane, Ddseer, among others, highlighted that in 2020, marked by the pandemic, gender violence worsened alarmingly.

According to official figures from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP), until November 2020, 232 women lost their lives violently in Oaxaca.

“Women, more frequently, are victims of murders in domestic environments, including girls and older adults. These crimes are committed with extreme violence, cruelty, and with the use of force and physical violence, turning the home into a high-risk site for them,” they reported at a press conference.

The feminists, activists and defenders highlighted that 2021 recorded more than 100 femicides in the state, followed by more than 144 in 2022, 123 in 2023, and so far in 2024 there are already four femicides in the first month of 2024 in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, placing it as one of the most dangerous areas for women.

“These high rates of violence reflect a serious situation that is unfortunately being forgotten by local and state authorities,” the women reaffirmed.

They pointed out that in the region of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the demand for the service of protection and safeguarding of women’s lives has increased in recent years.

In 2020, during the pandemic, there was an increase in all forms of violence, being crueler in cases where women were sprayed with acid and gasoline, tortured, killed with firearms and knives, causing prolonged suffering and agony.

“This 90% increase in the cruelty and violence against women, daughters and sons has no precedent,” they added.

Achieving collectivity is urgent. The RED has played an essential role in linking the community to crucial services of education, health and justice, thus strengthening the support network for women in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

The interdependence with the institutions that guarantee rights has been fundamental for the success of the RED, highlighting its role in the co-responsibility with the women of the region.

Finally, they made an urgent call to local and state authorities to address this serious situation, guaranteeing the security and well-being of women in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Source: Aristegui Noticias