Mexican women protest on Day of the Dead against gender violence

4 November 2019
2019-11-04 12:46

Mexico's Day of the Dead celebrations took a political turn in Mexico City on Sunday, with hundreds turning out to march on the capital to demand an end to a wave of killings against women. Violence against women is a persistent problem in Mexico, a conservative Catholic country where machismo reigns and traditional concepts of gender are deeply entrenched.

More than 1,100 women were murdered in Mexico from January through May, according to government figures, with nearly 370 killed by men because of their gender. Mexico City alone has seen 81 murders of women and 13 femicides so far this year, government data has shown. Activists say conviction rates for gender violence are low, fuelling a sense of impunity amongst culprits.

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