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Women in Mexico Voting for Their Lives After Murders Overlooked

  • Politicians of all stripes pledge to tackle femicide epidemic
  • Government estimate femicides running at six a day in Mexico
A group of women protest the murder of former student Lesvy Berlin outside the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City on May 5, 2017.
Photographer: ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images

A local election in Mexico is shedding light on a war that for years has gone under-reported and often unnoticed: the daily murder of women as a show of male power, known as femicide.

Overshadowed by the law enforcement offensive against drugs, the slayings may number six a day. They have been so ignored by the authorities that there are few reliable figures, poor legislation and even disputes over what classifies as femicide. What is clear, say local non-governmental organizations, is that the murder rate is increasing.