At least seven of 10 Mexican women have experienced violence in their lifetime
On Tuesday, Aug. 30, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi) revealed that the issue has grown in the last five years.
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According to the 2021 National Survey on the Dynamics of Household Relationships (Endireh) it was estimated that, out of a total of 50.5 million women aged 15 and over in Mexico, 70.1 % have experienced at least one situation of violence in their lifetime.
That is four percentage points higher than the last Endireh in 2016, when 66.1 % of Mexican women had reported having suffered violence at some point in their lives.
The most prevalent forms of violence were psychological at 51.6 % of all women, sexual at 49.7 %, and physical violence at 34.7 %. Economic, patrimonial violence and discrimination rounded out the list with 27.4% experiencing those forms of violence.
Violence against women at the below the national level occurs more frequently in women age 15 years and older throughout their lives. In the State of Mexico, 78.7% of women reported violence, in Mexico City 76.2% did, and in Queretaro, 75.2% had faced violence, added the Inegi report.
"Violence against women persists as one of the challenges in Mexico and the world. This type of violence constitutes a public health problem and limits women's human rights," said Graciela Márquez, president of Inegi, when she presented the report.
Márquez said the measurement was the largest statistical gathering in Mexico on the issue in question, and it was also found that between October 2020 and October 2021, 42.8% of Mexican women aged 15 and over experienced at least one situation of violence.
Psychological violence was the most common form of violence with 29.4% reporting it, followed by sexual violence at 23.3 %.
It was also observed that the highest percentage of violence occurred in the community setting (22.4%), followed by the workplace (20.8%).
Conclusions also gleaned that violence due to intimate partner conflicts occurred or increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, the study reflected the crisis of gender violence that still shakes Mexico, where currently 10 women are killed every day between intentional homicides and femicides, and gender-based murders, according to official figures.