Why Gender Violence in Mexico Persists—And How to Stop It

By Cecilia Farfán-Méndez

Gender violence is on the rise. But the government has overlooked the most basic and effective ways to protect women.

May 10 is Mother's Day in Mexico. But this year, it felt more like cause for protest than celebration. In Juárez, Mexico City, Veracruz and around the country, mothers of young women killed or disappeared amid a growing wave of gender violence gathered to give voice to their grief—and demand solutions. Unfortunately, the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has too often overlooked the most basic steps necessary to ensure women's safety—and in some cases has undermined them entirely. The good news is that evidence-based solutions do exist, and there are steps the...

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