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Mexican women launch general strike to protest the high rate of femicide

These protesters are crying out for victims of femicide in Mexico in 2019. On average, 10 women are killed in Mexico every day due to femicide.  
These protesters are crying out for victims of femicide in Mexico in 2019. On average, 10 women are killed in Mexico every day due to femicide.   © Screen grab France 24
Text by: Yinka OYETADE
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An average of 10 women are victims of femicide every day in Mexico. Thousands have mobilised to take a stand against femicide in a country where they say women’s rights are being ignored, with a nationwide strike planned for Monday. FRANCE 24 reports.

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Two recent killings in particular shocked the nation: Ingrid Escamilla was stabbed and skinned by her boyfriend back in February, the images of her corpse widely circulated by the media. Just days later, 7-year-old Fatima also became a symbol of femicide after her body was found mutilated.

“We're scared for our children, it’s scary to not know what could happen to them,” a woman said to FRANCE 24.

In response to the recent rise in femicide cases, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised to do whatever necessary to ensure women are protected. “I am open to anything that helps bring peace and tranquility to the country. We will continue to work to make things better,” he said.

Mariana Lima Buendía was killed at the hands of her policeman husband in 2010. Irinea Buendía, her mother, remains unconvinced by the president’s promises.

“I cannot help but think that President Obrador is not doing his duty and is not doing anything to ensure justice for femicide victims. Yet it is his job to protect citizens,” she said.

Click on the video player above to watch the FRANCE 24 report.

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