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“I Don’t Want to Disappear”: How Mexico’s Criminal Violence Reshapes Women’s Lives

As crime rises in Mexico, women are in particular danger – of “disappearance”, kidnapping, sexual assault and murder.

The state has taken some steps to address this crisis, but it can do much more. 

Two years ago, Adriana stopped running in the mornings.

It was a matter of personal safety: she realised a car was following her on her jogs.

For this 34-year-old woman, who has spent all her life in the northern Mexican city of Zacatecas (the capital of Zacatecas state), the menacing experience of being pursued every day brought a lasting sense of insecurity.

“I stopped running, but the…

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