In Mexico, there are 7 Femicides Each Day; 63 Percent of Women Face Gender Violence

A march in Cancun by several thousand people protesting the murder of women in November. (Twitter)
A march in Cancun by several thousand people protesting the murder of women in November. (Twitter)


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.

UN wants Mexico to crack down on child marriages

Child marriagesFusion – 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.

Mexico spends less on education than other OECD countries

Mexico ranks last among per capita last in annual spending per student among OECD countries. (Reuters)
Mexico ranks last among per capita last in annual spending per student among OECD countries. (Reuters)


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.”

Tropical storm Sandra forms off Mexico coast

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.

Go ahead, sell the peso; Mexico doesn’t care

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.