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Women hold crosses at an International Women's Day Protest in Mexico City. Women participate in a "Day Without Women" strike for International Women’s Day at Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo, March 9, 2020 (AP photo by Fernando Llano).

‘Don’t We Deserve More?’ Mexico’s Spike in Femicides Sparks a Women’s Uprising

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

MEXICO CITY—One Saturday night last month, Bianca Alejandrina Lorenzena left her home in Cancun and never came back.

Two days later, on Nov. 9, protesters took to the city’s streets to demand justice for her death. Authorities had found the body of the 20-year-old Lorenzana, who was known by her nickname, Alexis, dismembered and wrapped in plastic bags. Her brutal slaying was the spark for the protest, but activists also demanded a response to a spate of recent femicides—the killing of women and girls for their gender—in the state of Quintana Roo, of which Cancun is the capital. The state is part of a dire national trend: Government statistics show that an average of 10 women are murdered each day in Mexico, and femicides have jumped by 137 percent over the past five years. ...

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