Pina, author of the documentary, ‘The survivors, forgotten by justice’, was awarded the Breach Valdez 2022 Award. A recognition that bears the name of two investigative journalists murdered in 2017 in Mexico. In her documentary, the investigative journalist addressed the issue of women, who have survived an attempted femicide.
The figures on femicides that occur daily in Mexico are chilling. It is estimated that “10 to 11 women are murdered daily, and the number 12, which the authorities are not talking about, are the women who survive these acts of extreme violence,” Gloria Pina tells us.
“Precisely the reason why we decided to talk about this issue of attempted feminicide is because this figure is not recognized in Mexican laws as a specific classification, and that generates a series of legal loopholes that allow female survivors of feminicide to be in a constant risk of being murdered, in addition to not having access to health services that allow them to restore their lives,” he adds.
The Mexican Justice has been described as a “blind justice”, given that part of the public ministries and judges refuse to recognize the attempted murders of women, despite the fact that the legal figure of feminicide has existed for several decades.
“There is a lot of resistance to using this legal figure and investigating it from a gender perspective, and if there is this resistance to investigation with women who are murdered, there is even more when it comes to an attempted feminicide,” highlights the journalist. whose work has been awarded.
Her documentary, ‘The survivors, forgotten by justice’, highlights that only 0.004% of the 1.7 million attacks against women carried out in the past eight years were classified by authorities as an attempted femicide. This implies that 582 attacks occur every day. That is, 24 every hour. Permanent aggressiveness towards women, unlimited violence, which is explained by the general violence experienced in the country, added to the sexist culture.
“The most worrying thing is the message that the authorities give of impunity regarding these cases in which it seems that if a woman is murdered, if a woman is attacked, unfortunately nothing happens,” Pina denounces.
Gloria Pina was the winner of the Gabo Foundation award in 2019 – by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – in the innovation category, for her collaborative research called ‘Women in Showcase, migration in the hands of trafficking’, focused on denouncing trafficking networks. trafficking of women, mainly Venezuelans to Mexico, subsequently forced into prostitution, or murdered.
In a short time the situation has changed. “Now what we see is that it is not exclusively Venezuela, but there are other countries where migration is emerging with greater intensity, such as in Honduras and Guatemala, where there are also human trafficking networks that are benefiting from this panorama. of migration,” he says.
“From my point of view from journalism as a trench, we can make appointments about what is happening in the country to make structural changes, it is therefore necessary to talk about this issue and do journalism with a feminist vision,” says the documentary filmmaker.
“Unfortunately, due to electoral political issues, journalism has been put in a situation that adds to a circumstance of risk due to violence that is not only seen in the murders against the press but also in a discredit of the work, discrediting of journalistic work that comes from presidential power, and that is what we have unfortunately seen every day in the president’s morning conferences,” he reflects, regarding the daily press conferences offered by the Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Source: France 24