In an ongoing femicide crisis in Mexico, seven women were killed every day on average across the country in 2013 and 2014 and dozens more faced other forms of gender violence, according to the national statistics institute known as Inegi.
According to Inegi statistics, 63 percent of Mexican women over 15 years of age have experienced some form of gender violence, which could include physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological violence as well as economic forms of abuse such as discrimination in the workplace.
Perpetrators of violence against women are strangers or people known to the victims, as in the case of abuse between partners, which is usually where physical violence occurs, according to Inegi. Economic abuse and economic control of women also often happens within a partnership or marriage.
The highlighted gender violence statistics come ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women today, Wednesday.
Despite more than 44,000 women murdered in the past three decades, according to official statistics, few perpetrators have been brought to justice. An impunity rate of more than 95 percent in femicide cases fuels violence against women.
In some Mexican states, femicides are 15 times higher than the global average.
National Catholic Reporter – Pope Francis has confirmed he plans to visit four cities in Mexico in February including the U.S. border town of Ciudad Juarez, from where he says he will end his trip to the country.
Fusion – The United Nations is urging Mexico to outlaw child marriages. Although Mexico recently passed a federal law setting the legal minimum marriage age at 18, U.N. officials say this isn’t being enforced in some states, where civil codes allow girls as young as 14 and boys as young as 16 to marry.
AP – Authorities in Mexico say the country has suffered one-third as many forest fires so far this year as it did in 2013. The council said there were 10,406 fires in 2013, 5,325 in 2014 and 3,720 so far this year.
Director – Mexico City is Mexico’s electrifying capital. It is a world away from the polluted, crime-ridden conurbation it was 20 years ago. Before doing business here, check out Director‘s city guide to where to stay, where to eat and what to look out for when building relationships.
Reuters – A fire broke out at Mexico’s biggest oil refinery on Tuesday and some staff were evacuated, the latest in a string of incidents to hit the company’s refineries. The Red Cross said nine people were injured, while Pemex said eight people suffered minor injuries and were being treated.
El Economista – Mexico rose 13 places in the global ranking among countries that have improved their fiscal practices. Companies in Mexico have a total tax rate of 51.7 percent of commercial profits and make an average of six tax payments a year.
Reuters – The Mexican government stopped the auction of five sugar mills, the last in state hands, after a judge granted an amaro to the former owners to temporarily suspend sale. The mills produce 10 percent of sugar in Mexico.
Razon – Leonardo Augustus Patterson, one of the biggest traffickers of archeological works worldwide, was sentenced in Germany to a year and three months in prison for selling to a citizen of that country a replica of a colossal Olmec head, which he presented as original.
The Mexican government ranks last in annual spending per student among the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, according to a new report made public on Tuesday.
The OECD report, “Education at a Glance 2015,” also revealed that Mexico spends less then $4,000 per student compared to the OECD average of around $10,000.
The findings come despite seeing an increase in investment towards education as a percentage of the country’s GDP, which rose from 4.4 percent in 2000 to 5.2 percent in 2012.
The OECD survey went on to warn that inequalities in education produce serious consequences as on economic and social inequalities due to “its strong links to employment, earnings, overall wealth and the well-being of individuals.”
Reuters – A 5.5 magnitude quake hit Mexico City on Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), shaking buildings and forcing office towers to be evacuated, although there were no initial reports of damage or injuries.
Weather Channel – Tropical Storm Sandra became the eighteenth named storm of the 2015 eastern Pacific hurricane season early Tuesday morning. Not only is Sandra one of the latest named storms on record, but it’s also expected to become an exceptionally rare late-season hurricane, and, while weakening, may limp ashore in Mexico this weekend.
Bloomberg – By most traditional economic gauges, little is going right today for Mexico. Growth is sluggish, oil exports are falling and credit markets have started to dry up. Yet beneath the surface, a surprising and little-understood transformation is ushering in one of the country’s most important developments in years: the peso’s age-old link with inflation has been broken.