F emale police officers in Mexico have complained that male superiors used their looks as part of a selection process for a female police unit, drawing outrage online. The new police chief in charge is retired army general Rolando Eugenio Hidalgo Eddy, who reportedly created a similarly attractive all-female police force in another Mexican state made up of officers who wore tight clothes, high-heeled boots, and lots of makeup. Maricruz Ocampo, who co-founded gender equality NGO Coincidir Mujeres, told the Guardian that the allegations come at a time time when funding and resources are being stripped from the departments responsible for protecting women and children. Write to Charlotte Alter at charlotte. By Charlotte Alter. Get The Brief.
Female police face ‘attractiveness’ inspections in Mexico
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Queretaro police chief Rolando Eugenio Hidalgo Eddy had previously held a similar job in the state of Aguascalientes, where he formed a unit of women officers who wore high-heeled boots. Photograph: State of Aguascalientes. The allegations emerged as police in the city went on strike this week, demanding the resignation of chief Rolando Eugenio Hidalgo Eddy. The allegations come as the country confronts a spate of sexual violence, which has drawn outrage on social media and society at large, but also a backlash of misogynistic comments and threats.
Female police officers issue complaints after undergoing ‘attractiveness inspections' in Mexico
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Male officers conducting the inspections singled out young female officers in the Mexican city of Queretaro and remarked on their weight and appearance, Maricruz Ocampo, of Coincidir Mujeres, an NGO helping the women, told the Guardian. The accusations have surfaced during a strike by police in Queretaro calling for the resignation of police chief Rolando Eugenio Hidalgo Eddy, who took up the role last year. In his previous role as a police chief in Aguascalientes, Hidalgo Eddy set up a similar team of female officers who wore high-heels and tight clothes while on duty.