A left-wing, female Mexican politician has proposed a curfew for women to stop them being murdered – saying they should stay home and look after the kids instead.
Mexican Member of Parliament for the state of Verzacruz, Ana Miriam Ferraez, from the left-wing National Regeneration Movement party made the comments at a public event.
She said: “I think a curfew is necessary for women and they shouldn’t leave the house after 10 o’clock while this is being sorted out. This is one of my opinions and I see it as necessary to avoid more women in the femicide statistics.”
Ferraez added that women should be “at home, with the children” and “be protected, we should take measures and be more aware that we are in danger and going out in the street is dangerous.”
The politician recognised that a curfew could affect women’s constitutional rights to freedom of transit but said it was more important they had their physical well being preserved.
Ferraez said that the “gender alerts” used in Veracruz have been ineffective in stopping violence against women. The alerts are reportedly sent out by the authorities to warn the population after the disappearance or murder of a woman.
She says there have been no revisions of the statistics of women murdered in the state since the alerts were brought in last year and said most victims are robbed or raped at night time.
According to local media, around 87,000 women were murdered globally in 2017, with more than a half being killed by their partners or relatives.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: “While the vast majority of homicide victims are men, women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes. They are also the most likely to be killed by intimate partners and family.”
Netizens slammed Ferraez for the curfew proposal, with ‘Mar Coria’ writing: “The important part is to find strategies to educate the population about respect, equality, please look for a team to advise on the issue.”
And ‘Tania Arellano de Lauredi’ added: “Would a curfew for men not be better, as they are the ones putting women at risk?”
While ‘Rocio Cruz Renova’ commented: “There are also rapes, murders and kidnappings during day time, what are you going to do then? Should women be locked up forever? I do not understand such bullsh*t.”