July 29 2015 – “Woman’s body found dead, naked and burned.” “Twelve-year-old girl goes missing selling sweets in the street.” “Five women killed in 48 hours in Mexico state.”
Those are just some of the macabre headlines making the rounds here in the last few months.
The United Nations has called the abduction and murder of women in Mexico a “pandemic.” Some organizations estimate six women are killed every day across the country.
Thousands of victims’ families have spent years demanding justice. This week, they got a new pledge from the authorities to finally do something to stop the problem.
The federal government on Tuesday issued its first-ever “gender alert.” It means that the authorities have to take “urgent action” to prevent the killing of women and to speed up investigations of hundreds of languishing, unsolved cases.