Monday, January 7, 2013

Guatemala Femicide 2012

The Guatemalan PNC has so far reported 5,174 homicides for 2012. However, I've only been able to find the gender breakdown up until December 15th when the PNC reported that 544 women had died. That works out to 1.5 women murdered, on average, each day. Until I find differently, I estimated another 24 murders of women between the 16th and the 31st of December for a year end total of 568.
Like overall homicides, those of women decreased in 2012 as well - not the hundred that Otto Perez Molina had hoped during his first year but a decrease nonetheless. In 2011, women comprised 11.11% of all murders in Guatemala and in 2012 they comprised 10.98%.


  1. You may be interested in the current debate over the link between childhood lead exposure and the rates of violence when they grow up. In a country as complex as Guatemala, it can't be the whole story, but the drop in murder rates over the past few years appears to track correlations seen in other countries. See, which has links to further articles on the subject.

  2. Thanks. Pretty fascinating article. I'm sure that environmental factors play a role but I don't know enough about the lead problem here in Guatemala.

  3. Here's a little more on why the NRA might oppose moves to reduce lead contamination although they probably wouldn't characterize it that way