Feminist groups defacing public properties in Mexico are on the rise, and so are cases of femicides in the country.
Defacing Properties to Fight Femicide
On September 3, two feminist groups, Ni Una Menos (Not One Woman Less), and Aequus occupied the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in Mexico.
According to the group, the Commission has failed to protect and provide women the support that they need.
A member of Ni Una Menos, Yesenia Zamudio, told Reforma that the CNDH is now a shelter for the victims.
The groups painted over portraits of male historical figures with lipstick, eyeshadows, and anarchy symbols.
The group also vandalized the Commission’s walls with short statements like, “Justice,” and “We do not forgive or forget.”
They also painted “duuuude, not the wall!!” a statement against the louder outrage against walls than femicides.
Erika Martinez, a mother of a r*pe victim, criticized Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s (AMLO) lack of recognition of the difference between violence against an object and a person.
This is after AMLO’s comment against the vandalization of a painting of Francisco Madero, father of the Mexican revolution and former president of Mexico.
During the country’s Independence Day, other groups of feminists took to the streets of Tijuana to fight for equality and respect.
Tijuana, according to Mexico’s public safety administration and the OSAC, is not the best place for women.
In fact, the city records the highest number of femicide in the country.
Feminist groups defaced the city’s cultural center and monuments in different parts of Baja, California.
According to the Border Report, women involved in vandalizing the city’s public properties claim Mexico harbors inequality for women.
A woman who calls herself “Laura” says [people] notice them through vandalism, per the Border Report.
According to a woman who calls herself “Laura,” [feminist groups] have tried “peaceful means,” but people won’t listen to them.
However, “vandalism” makes [people] notice them, per the Border Report.
Rising Cases of Femicide in the Country
The rising cases of feminist groups’ outrage reflect the femicide situation in Mexico that is on the rise.
In fact, the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) recorded a 145% increase for the past six years.
The pandemic also added to these numbers, per a Guardian report.
Early this year, Mexico reported 267 female murders in April alone, the highest number of murders in a month, according to the Secretariat.
However, despite these statistics, the AMLO administration approved a 75% budget cut from the Federal Women’s Institute in July.