PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF MEXICO: LIC. ENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO.
PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: BARACK OBAMA
PETITION TO THE UNITED NATIONS: SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
Since 1993, hundreds of women and girls have been raped, tortured, and murdered in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
Petition addressed to the Government of Mexico, the U.S. Government, and the United Nations to take new initiatives to try to eradicate crimes against women and girls systematically being committed in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Already over 4 presidential terms have passed in Mexico without sufficient action taking place to stop these crimes. The national and international community have asked the government on several occasions to stop and prevent these crimes, yet the Mexican government has failed to implement a radical and effective strategy to prevent these femicides. The current government has focused a large part of its strategy against organized crime in a prevention campaign aimed at youth, however there is no specialized program for preventing Femicide. In Ciudad Juárez, public policy at all levels of government, from law enforcement to the health sector, should be focused on restoring the social fabric that violence and organized crime have torn apart for at least 25 years. It is unbelievable that one of the safest cities in the USA (El Paso) and one of the most insecure towns of Latin America (Juárez) are only a few hundred meters apart and seperated by an international bridge. Studies from prestigious universities like the Sorbonne in Paris have shown that deficiencies in the urbanization of Ciudad Juárez are an important factor that leaves the women of the city defenseless as they travel to their jobs or schools. An analysis of cases shows that family violence is a factor that has historically generated 59% of these cases. Human trafficking, child prostitution, and even organ trafficking are other causes of the deaths of hundreds of women. Drug trafficking and the involvement of women and children in their activities can be considered as other causes. Serial murderers have also been sheltered by an atmosphere of impunity. These cases were subject to investigations by the FBI, yet the crimes continue. In Ciudad Juárez, more than anywhere else in the country, there is an urgent need for women's shelters to protect victims of violence: where women can take shelter with their children and receive counseling, food, and rest. It is imperative that these exist throughout the Municipality as forms of aid and prevention. It is necessary to conduct a census of those orphaned because of the Femicides. This is a task that calls for theinvolvement and action of all levels of government. Women's shelters and community health care centers must be set up to help migrant women and female workers and their children, and people must be trained to properly care for victims of gendered violence. For many years, Ciudad Juárez has been a social disaster area, yet little has been done to adequately stop the violence that plagues its women. The government of Enrique Peña Nieto can score a victory by focusing energy, wisdom, and creativity on solving and preventing these crimes. His predecessors have left the women of Juárez alone, making the government complicit by its omission. Law enforcement has proven slow and inefficient. Legislation may have good intentions but without a powerful operating arm is useless. Only constant and direct contact with the population will prove effective. It is urgent that the National Security Commission take the issue of Femicide into its hands, as the safety of women is a priority of homeland security and basic human rights. Those who do not consider it so indirectly endorse impunity.
Sign for the government to take immediate action and for President Enrique Peña Nieto to put an end to the femeccides in Ciudad Juárez. Sign for President Barack Obama to take immediate action to pressure the Mexican Government to help the women and girls in Ciudad Juárez. Sign for the United Nations to take action to stop crimes against girls and women of Juárez.
- President of Mexico: Enrique Peña Nieto
TO END THE CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN CIUDAD JUÁREZ, MEXICO.
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