In Oaxaca, girls begin to be victims of violence from a very young age


OAXACA.- Oaxaca has registered, so far this year, the disappearance of 43 minors, the murder of seven, and the sexual abuse of six others, according to the Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity.

“Figures that can hardly be considered official when it is known that Mexico ranks first in child sexual abuse with 5.4 million cases per year,” he said in a statement.

The agency expressed its concern about the reality faced by children in the entity, and demanded from the state government, civil society, educational authorities, families and communities, the consolidation of local protection systems at the municipal level and the development of State Programs of Protection of Girls, Boys, and Adolescents.

“The face of violence against children also acquires other dimensions when it is addressed by gender since it is girls and adolescents who have become potential victims of femicide violence that is already unacceptable in this country,” she stressed.

Only in the state, according to the under-registration carried out by the Oaxaca Consortium, of the 1,967 assaults against women, 558 cases correspond to girls and adolescents, who begin to be victims of assaults from before one year of age (there are 10 cases registered in the platform of femicide violence).

The data is alarming if it is observed that of the total number of disappeared women in Oaxaca –766 cases from December 1, 2016, to date–, 433 are girls and adolescents, that is, more than 87% of these victims are in the range from 11 to 17 years of age, and in five regions more than 70% of the cases are concentrated: Central Valleys (247), Isthmus (53), Mixteca (37), Papaloapan (34) and Costa (30).

Oaxaca Consortium requires that information systems be enabled at the national level, in order to have disaggregated data that allows monitoring the progress made in the fulfillment of the rights of girls, boys and adolescents in the country, including qualitative and quantitative indicators.

Similarly, include the participation of girls, boys, and adolescents, as well as civil society, in the formation of Protection Systems, in addition to strengthening the professionalization processes of their public servants.

It also creates male leaders from childhood and adolescence who openly oppose violence and discrimination, exploring a new form of masculinity that fosters social and political relationships capable of tackling these forms of violence against girls and women.

And provide sexual education to children at all educational levels in the country, so that they know their sexual and reproductive rights as an indispensable tool to prevent violence by learning to know and care for oneself from an early age.

Oaxaca Consortium specified that girls, boys, and adolescents represent a third of the national population. However, since 1924, the year in which the Children’s Day Celebration was established in Mexico, children in this country still do not fully enjoy the access and exercise of their rights, as it remains a pending issue for the State, families, and community.

“The picture is worse when it comes to indigenous minors, who reach poverty percentages close to 80% at the national level. If we add to this that a large part of Mexican children live in high-risk life contexts, both within their families and in institutions, it could be understood why they are potential victims of violence and neglect by the authorities and the society”.

In addition to this situation, there is a lack of empathy on the part of those who listen, read, report or recognize some type of violation of the human rights of children in everyday, urban or community settings, since it is difficult to act to stop the attacks on infants because it is considered something “normal” that relatives, teachers, and authorities use beatings, insults, abuse and even exert sexual violence on them, since they are still considered as “objects of protection” and not as participants and takers of decisions about your own life.

Hence, the results of the National Survey on Discrimination 2017 show that in 22.5% of girls and boys between nine and 11 years old, and 36% of adolescents between 12 and 17 years old, their rights are little or not respected.


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