A women’s collective has recently taken over the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in Mexico City, the Mexico News Daily reported. 

The women’s group, Ni Una Menos (Not One Woman Less) Collective occupied the CNDH’s headquarters last Thursday and made it into a shelter for victims of gender-related violence. 

The headquarters is located a few blocks from Mexico City’s central square, on Cuba Street. 

According to the group, the Human Rights Commission has failed to protect women and provide support to those in need. 

One of its members, Yesenia Zamudio told Reforma that they will not hand back the headquarters. 

“It’s a squat for victims,” Zamudio said. 

She also called the previous inhabitants of the office “parasitic people” in a separate interview with El Universal.

“We’re more suitable” to the place, she said. 

The group will provide “legal advice” and “accompany” the victims to “prosecutor’s offices,” she told El Universal.

Thirty women who are victims of abuse are currently staying at the office’s second floor, the collective said. 

Some victims who visited the headquarters turned to shelter told El Universal that authorities have always failed to help them in times of need. 

Increasing Cases of Violence Against Women

According to the Collective, since Thursday, around a hundred women visited the office and sought legal and psychological assistance. 

Since the start of the pandemic, violence against women has been increasing, as per the Guardian

In fact, the numbers have increased by more than 7% since last year. 

April also saw the highest monthly number of femicide in the country, as per the Security Secretariat. 

According to the Secretariat, around 267 women were murdered in April alone, and these murders are categorized under intentional homicides. 

Last March, the murders of two female, Ingrid Escamilla, 25, and Fatima Cecilia Aldrighett Anton, 7, triggered national outrage. 

Thousands of people took to the streets and demanded the AMLO administration to take action against gender-based violence against women. 

However, months after the protests, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s (AMLO) administration approved a 75% cut from the Federal Women’s Institute. 

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