The Geography of Female Homicides and the Role of Civil Organizations in Mexico

Francisco Manuel Gasca Sanchez, Miguel Flores

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This chapter analyzes spatio-temporal patterns of female homicides in Mexico
during the period 1990 to 2018. It analyzes socio-demographic and geographical characteristics of female homicides from which it is possible to apply statistical methods that identify regions with high incidence rates that persist over time. It is also discussed the growing participation of civil society organizations (CSOs) and its role on establishing accountability mechanisms and the developments of public policy programs in light of the poor institutional capacity of the Mexican state to address this problem. The findings here described suggest a demographic and geographic spread of female homicides – that is, the phenomenon of violence against women has reached more significant sociodemographic segments whose incidence covers a greater territorial extension. Furthermore, it is argued that despite the strategies implemented by the federal and local government on addressing the problem, the results are far from being acceptable. As argued, this calls for a nationwide initiative, the involvement of international agencies, and the consolidation of women’s empowerment though participatory mechanisms in all aspects of public life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Gender Researchjavascript:void(0);
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


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