Murders put Mexico City women’s rights activists on high alert

From The Guardian:

Female activists and rights defenders are under attack in Mexico and across the region, with almost total impunity for the perpetrators of crimes against them. Nadia Vera was the 36th women’s rights defender murdered in Mexico since 2010, according to the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders of Mexico (RNDDHM). She was the third victim from Veracruz.

However, the most dangerous place by far is Guerrero, the state where 43 student teachers disappeared last September after being attacked by drug cartel hitmen and corrupt police. Nine women’s rights defenders have been murdered in the state since 2010.

The problem isn’t confined to Mexico: at least 20 women were killed in the same period in the dangerous triangle of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador amid a toxic mix of gender violence, organised crime, corruption and impunity, where rights defenders are under constant threat.

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