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Guardian: Violence against women is on the rise in Mexico, where the militarized campaign against drug cartels has also resulted in a surge in female deaths.
"Since President Calderon began to take on Mexico's crime cartels in 2006, the country's drug war has taken a total of 34,612 lives, nearly half of which were claimed solely in 2010. Unbeknown to many, the deaths resulting from organised crime have also coincided with the murder of over 4,000 women since 2006 from causes unrelated to the nation's drug war.
While violence toward women is not new to Mexico, the estimated number of female deaths suggests a callous disregard by Mexico's government of this growing phenomenon. According to human rights organisations, femicides rose by 130% between 2009 and 2010, resulting in a total of 446 murdered women only last year. This worsening epidemic has led local authorities throughout the country to downplay the mounting violence by misclassifying murders, attributing deaths to drug violence, or simply under-report the figures."