Mexican women’s right advocate Cecilia Monzón. Photo: Google


Longtime Mexican human rights worker and legal defender against the mounting incidence of femicide Cecilia Monzón was shot dead in Puebla on Saturday, May 21.

The attack occurred around 10 a.m., in front of Puebla’s La Riviera subdivision

According to eyewitness and police reports, Monzón was ambushed in her car by two men on a motorcycle, who shot at her before fleeing the scene of the crime.

A lawyer by trade, Monzón handled various cases of women victims of abuse and family violence, including many who were fighting for custody or child support.

She even faced a legal process for alimony against former Puebla Secretary of the Interior Javier López Zavala, with whom she had a son.

Monzón was a candidate for the Mexico’s Green Party (PVEM) in 2018 for the municipal presidency of San Pedro Cholula and later served as head of Social Development in that state.

In April of last year, she said she had been a victim of intimidation after denouncing politician Manlio López Contreras for gender-based political violence.

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