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 Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended his government’s handling of the country’s rising femicide rate on Friday as at least 100 women gathered to protest outside the presidential palace.

Scores of women, some of them wearing hoods, descended on the presidential palace during Lopez Obrador’s news conference holding banners with slogans including `They are killing us, Justice and Indifferent president.’

“I am not putting my head in the sand, I am not evading responsibility, we are addressing the problem of femicide,’ he said at his daily news conference, during which the angry shouts of protesters could be heard.

More than 3,800 women were murdered in Mexico in 2019, including about 1,000 cases that were classified as gender-based killings or femicide.

That was a 10 per cent rise compared to 2018, according to official statistics.

The brutal murder of a 25-year-old woman by her partner in Mexico City last week reignited the debate about femicide, prompting feminist groups to organise the series of rallies in the capital on Friday.

According to UN data, two-thirds of women over the age of 15 have experienced some form of violence in Mexico, and around 35,000 women have been killed as a result of their gender in the past 25 years.

Edited By: Halima Sheji/Felix Ajide

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