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They emphasize the need to classify femicides in Oaxaca

“They are murdering women,” Oaxacan activists denounce, when speaking of the femicides that social organizations count and that do not appear in the official figures.

While the organizations count 89 women murdered in Oaxaca so far in 2020, the authorities report 91 violent deaths of women until September, but only 25 of them are investigated as femicide.

In the memory of the activists, who participate in a discussion in the framework of “November: month for the eradication of violence against women”, the name of Wendy resounds, who on January 11, 2019 was attacked by an identified man like Elisha, who doused it with gasoline and set it on fire.

He attacked her at the Los Faroles bar, on the shore of Federal Highway 190, near the Villa de Etla. Versions about what happened indicate that the man was upset because a day before his belongings were stolen in that place and he acted in revenge.

Wendy was 27 years old. His body did not withstand the burns and he died days later. He was one of the 134 victims that the organizations counted in the state in 2019.

His murder was recorded in investigation folder 1185 / FVCE / ETLA / 2019, where it is established that the man arrived at the bar and moments later attacked the young woman, who was crying out for help.

In the files it is indicated that the paramedics arrived late, Wendy had burns in 70% of her body and was admitted to the Civil Hospital “Aurelio Valdivieso”, where she died at dawn on January 20.

Last Wednesday, November 11, Eliseo “N”, alias “El Marinela”, was apprehended and referred to the corresponding authorities, according to a statement from the Oaxaca State Attorney General’s Office (FGEO).

The investigation folder was initiated for attempted femicide, but after Wendy’s death, the crime was reclassified as intentional homicide.

This occurred despite the fact that, in the entity, the debate to classify all violent deaths of women based on gender as femicides began in 2011 and the classification of the crime was approved in 2012, according to data from the Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentaria Oaxaca .

For Yésica Sánchez Maya, representative of the organization, it is important that femicides are distinguished from homicides to make gender reasons visible. That is, the way, the context and the reasons why women are killed.

However, sanctioning these crimes is not an easy task, say activists, because although women are deprived of the right to life, the authorities do not consider the majority of violent deaths of women as femicides.

“The road ahead is long. There is a belief in the supremacy of men over women that comes from education, because for years we learn to normalize violence and this affects the crimes committed against women, many of them they are girls, “says the journalist and defender of women’s rights, Soledad Jarquín Edgar.