Mexico is Number one in sexual violence against women: according to the UN
December 24th 2011 · 0 Comments
It is estimated that the country has 120,000 rapes a year, on average, about 44% of women have suffered such attacks
Our country has the highest number of sexual aggressions against women, according to the 2010 United Nations Organization (UNO).
A global comparative study of this body of women who have suffered sexual violence indicates that Mexico stands out with 44 percent, followed by Costa Rica with 41, 35 and Czech Republic Denmark with 28 percent.
In contrast, the lowest are Azerbaijan, France and the Philippines with four, five and six percent respectively.
Luciana Ramos Lira, a specialist in psychology from the UNAM, said the UN report reveals that more than four in ten Mexican women have suffered attacks including predatory behavior and consequences of varying intensity, from unwanted touching to rape.
The Ministry of Health estimates, that in the country there are approximately 120 000 rapes per year, ie one every four minutes, although to date there is no comprehensive care for the victims, because there is no effective follow-up cases.
Only one in ten cases of sexual violence against women in Latin America is punished by the justice, according to figures from the Regional Office of Population Fund United Nations.
Nationally there is a high rate of crime victimization, (85 percent), with only 15 percent of crimes are reported by the authorities and of these only five percent is forwarded to a court for prosecution
In Mexico there are no accurate statistics to account for allowing a clearer picture, although it is undeniable that there are approximations based on the survey, as performed by the Institute of Public Health.
Commission urges countries to disseminate health information
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Wednesday released a report urging the American States to adapt their legal systems related to access to information on sexual and reproductive health to break down the various barriers faced by women in the the continent.
The IACHR diagnosed as “particularly poor women, indigenous and / or African descent, women living in rural areas and migrants are those who face greater obstacles in their access to information on sexual and reproductive health.”
The document prepared with the support of Spain and Finland said that “in some cases the barriers are such that may constitute violations of women’s rights to personal integrity and private and family life and freedom from violence and discrimination.
The Commission said it received reports of barriers such as limited access to meet family planning services despite a high unmet need and “misrepresentation of information on reproductive matters provided by public servants deterrent purposes.”
Mexico is number one for attacks against women! And also holds other titles globally and regionally.
Risk of journalists
Mexico, along with Iraq and Pakistan topped the list of the most violent countries for journalists, according to the annual Reporters Without Borders.
In 2010 the international organization recorded 57 killings of journalists, of which seven occurred in the country, like Iraq and surpassed only by Pakistan, with 11, according to the balance disclosed.
In Latin America, Mexico leads the list with the highest number of journalists killed, three on Honduras, Colombia and Brazil with two one.
According to the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (UNODC) and the Trafficking in Persons Report of the Department of State United States of America, Mexico is listed as a source, transit and destination for trafficking in persons.
- Mexico- Michoacán among the states with the highest homicide rate against women! (pikapvs.wordpress.com)
- Inter-American Commission on Human Rights- Action required to protect journalist in Mexico! (peavyblack.com)
- Director, International Reproductive Health and Family Planning (IRH/FP) (socialactions.net)
A version of this column originally appeared in pikapvs.wordpress.com.
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