If someone in Mexico asks: "What’s the femicide rate in the country?” The only honest answer anyone can provide is “I don’t know”. Data has never been collected systematically, and so nobody can claim they know the real number. Neither the Government, nor the media, nor the NGOs.One factor hindering proper analysis is the fact that organizations don’t have the right information to differentiate a homicide from a femicide. In recent years, thanks to the huge efforts of many NGOs and journalists, it was estimated that an average of 800 women year, 60 a month and almost 3 a day are murdered in Mexico for the sole reason of being women.
The NGOs that work in the field collecting this kind of data in Mexico operate in volatile, often insecure settings with limited resources, technical skills and infrastructure. This is why we set up Datos para todas (Data for everyone), a project by Wingu. The general objective of this project is to strengthen the data and security skills of 5 organizations working on gender violence. This is being done through a comprehensive capacity building program that includes data collection, analysis, visualization, and digital security trainings. As a result, organizations will can improve the quality of the available data on gender violence and femicides in Mexico. We will also use the data to inform an online advocacy campaign that creates awareness and visibility toward this problem.