Mexico: Shining a Spotlight on Femicide and Supporting a Life Free from Violence

In response to an epidemic of violence against women particularly in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, and under major domestic and international pressure, Mexico is changing its response to violence against women.

In 2004, the CEDAW Committee focused on the abduction, rape and murder of women in the area of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and concluded that there were grave and systematic violations of human rights and that the State party should take a series of concrete actions. Taking into account the CEDAW Committee's recommendations, in 2007 Mexico passed the Mexican General Law on Women's Access to a Life Free from Violence. The law strengthens the coordination and cooperation between the federal and state authorities in response to cases of violence against women and provides a framework for revising State penal codes, developing government policies, and establishing multi-sectoral institutional arrangements. By the end of 2009, all 32 States had adopted the law, making it fully enforceable across the country.


Poster produced by the Mexican Congress on the Mexican General Law on Women's Access to a Life Free of Violence and Typification of Femicide as a Crime against Humanity.
(Photo: Mexican National Congress)