Violence against women in Mexico by their family members has risen dramatically over the last few years, particularly from 2010 to 2014, UNICEF reports revealed.
UNICEF representative in Mexico, Christian Skoog said teenage girls face more violence such as rape, harassment and domestic abuse than men.
UNICEF’s report on child abuse in Mexico found that some 18,000 teenage girls were abused by their families in 2010 and that number nearly tripled to 24,000 in 2014.
At least one in every five teenagers aged 15 to 17 years old or 700,000 underwent family violence in 2015, the report said again.
“The situation is increasingly worrying,” says Skoog.
Violence against women is a continuing problem in Mexico that has wide gaps for all gender-related issues.
More than 1,100 women were killed in Mexico from January to May this year with nearly 370 of them killed by sex.
According to Skoog, changes in aspects of behavior and culture are essential to eradicate this problem.
“Such violence has been detected in the less-cited group of people who are less concerned about gender differences.
“This problem can be greatly reduced if we change all this bad culture,” he said.