Under lockdown and out of luck, Mexican women are dying not only due to coronavirus but domestic violence as well, as they are ever more restricted and in close-quarter with the perpetrators.
Almost 1,000 women were murdered in Mexico in the first three months of this year, according to a Reuters report citing government data.
The same data said, this is eight percent (8%) higher than in the same period last year.
The government reported that at least 720 women were murdered in the first quarter of the year and 244 women were victims of femicide, where a woman is killed because of her gender.
A year ago, at least 890 women were killed.
“The deadliest pandemic for women in our country, more than the coronavirus, is feminicidal violence,”said Congresswoman Martha Tagle from the opposition Citizens’ Movement party.
“Today, violence is the greatest threat to all the rights for women that we have had recognized with great effort,” she told Reuters.
The national statistics agency (INEGI) said two-thirds of women in Mexico have experienced some form of violence, with almost 44% suffering abuse from a partner.
Gender-based violence is widespread in the Latin American country said the Reuters report.
Some 17,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Mexico, and more than 1,700 deaths, although testing rates are low. Of the coronavirus deaths, about 420 have been women, the government said.