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Women’s rights protection at risk

AI-Index: AMR 41/2625/2020

On 23 April, the Mexican government suspended funding for different programmes to attend the COVID-19 pandemic, including that of the Indigenous and Afro-Mexican Women Shelters (CAMIs). These shelters provided direct support to victims of violence and undertook prevention work. The government has not been transparent about how these cuts could affect other programmes that support and care for women victims of violence. We call on the government to ensure all programmes protecting women against violence have access to resources to continue their vital work.


The Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP), registered 26,171 emergency calls related to violence against women during March 2020, when the first cases of COVID-19 emerged and the call to stay at home began in the country. This, in contrast with the 21,727 calls registered in February. During April and May 2020, the registered number of emergency calls were 21,722 and 19,975 respectively.

On 23 April, the President announced shortages to the federal budget for 2020 to mitigate the socio-economic consequences created by COVID-19. The cuts are already having a toll on several social programs, including those addressing gender-based violence in the country.

Resources for the program to strengthen Indigenous peoples, which includes resources for the Indigenous and Afro-Mexican Women Shelters (CAMIs), were temporarily suspended. Because of this suspension, nearly a third of them have stopped providing the comprehensive care they were providing up until May, which undermines the right of Indigenous and Afro-Mexican women to live without violence and their access to justice.

The government has still not made clear if and how these budget cuts can affect other programmes aimed at care and support women that have been victims of violence and other women’s rights programmes.

The services provided by Indigenous or Afro-Mexican Women Shelters enables Indigenous and Afro-Mexican women to access their rights. They are a space where Indigenous and/or Afro-Mexican women are provided with culturally acceptable care and support. The houses are operated with respect for gender perspective and human rights and work for prevention of violence against women and promotion sexual and reproductive rights.

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