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How Edomex Plans to Fight Femicide


02/17/11 – The governor of the State of Mexico (Estado de Mexico), Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI), recently announced a statement discussing a series of reforms that the government will take in order to fight against the femicide that Mexican women are increasingly suffering from.  At the Forum of the Integral Development and Full Participation of Women, which was held earlier this month, the governor of Edomex (common abbreviation for “Estado de Mexico”) announced his five main strategies to combat femicide. These strategies include creating a legal framework in favor of women, strengthening institutions, creating an infrastructure that will provide greater support and protection for women, providing greater sensitivity and governmental efficiency, and a call for cultural change.

El Universal has provided a list of 10 specific reforms that Peña Nieto has issued:

1. Revise and make additions to the penal code, code of Criminal Procedures, General Law on Women’s Access to a Life Free of Violence (Ley General de Acceso de las Mujeres a una Vida Libre de Violencia), and the Organic Law of the State Executive Branch (Ley Orgánica del Poder Judicial del Estado de México).  Peña Nieto also plans to lead the movement for the creation of a new law, the “Ley de Atención a Víctimas del Delito.”

2. Include the concept of violent femicide in creating local legislation.

3. Create a system of emergency precautionary and preventive steps in order to immediately protect victims of gender violence.

4. Expand the rights of victims and provide compensation to victims which will be determined by the crime committed.

5. Create courts that specialize in gender violence.

6. Create the office of a Deputy Attorney for the Attention of Crimes Related to Gender Violence.

7. Restructure the Public Ministry’s 17 agencies that specialize in violence so that gender violence is also included.

8. Sensibility and more government efficiency will be created by consulting with PGJEM and international and civil organizations to design protocols in regards to gender violence.

9. Create a system of emergency precautionary and preventive steps in order to immediately protect victims of gender violence.

10.  Begin a campaign to distribute information to women so that they are fully aware of their rights.  This will include creating pamphlets that will be distributed to women along with the rest of the general public.


Laura Islas.  “Las 10 medidas de Edomex contra la violencia de género.”  El Universal.  15 February, 2011.

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