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Friday, May 27, 2005

The violence and fingerpointing continues

Wednesday and Thursday, four more people died as a result of organized crime violence in border states. Meanwhile, the governor of Sinolaa has admitted the inability to deal with drug violence, and Fox tried to organize discussions between federal and local authorities there.

With regard to the femicidios in Ciudad Juarez, the AG's office announced that it would step up efforts to solve cases, and human rights groups were incredulous.

Femicidios have also become a problem in the President's home state of Guanajuato. In the last five years, at least 168 women have been murdered, and already 23 this year. In Guanaguato, there is no mystery surround the murders as in Ciudad Juarez. Over 70 percent of the victims were murdered by a husband, partner, lover, or co-worker. There the problem is clearly one of interfamily violence.

I wonder, because I've never studied it, if studies have investigated whether violence against women increases as women enter the workforce more in more traditional societies. I ask because I believe in the last 20 years, at least, Mexican women have been working outside the home more. Is this a new source of family conflict? Conflicts over money or new friends at work? If someone hasn't studied it, they should.

posted by Michelle @ 8:37 AM,


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