Dead women of Juarez. Bioethics, gender, power, and injustice


  • Jorge Alberto Álvarez Díaz Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, México


More than 300 dead women ... the history is plenty of injustices. Sometimes, the victims, their descendents or organizations, have claimed by the injustice done. This work tries to be a claim for the more than 300 women victims of rape and homicide, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. More than three hundred women have disappeared over the last decade (1993-2003); many of them were later found raped, mutilated and murdered. Remembering the principlism, the emphasis is done with a postmodern reflection about bioethics, power, gender and injustice. An analysis of the violence is done like a public health problem, with a special emphasis in the sexual health and the violence against the feminine gender. A comment about the relationship between rape and homicide against women is done. Finally, a comment about a spine-chilling Mexican case, "the dead women of Juarez", is included. Analyzing epidemiological data about rape and homicide in Mexico, it is particularly important to point out that the Juarez's cases are not "typical"; they are really different.


Dead women of Juarez, bioethics, gender, power, injustice.

Author Biography

Jorge Alberto Álvarez Díaz, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, México

Médico Cirujano, Instituto de Ciencias Biomédicas de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, México.