MEXICO CITY.- Thousands of women marched on Thursday, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in Mexico City to condemn the intrusive sexist violence that kills ten women a day in the country, a protest that registered tensions and some clashes with the police.
“In Mexico, ten women continue to disappear every day and every minute and we find them raped or murdered”María del Carmen Volante, whose daughter Pamela disappeared four years ago after attending a concert on the outskirts of the capital, told EFE.
This mother criticized the lack of resources and a gender perspective for dealing with cases of sexist violence.
The capital’s great march, one of the many called to Mexico, began in Monument to the revolution on the way to the central Zócalo square, crosses the symbolic Paseo de la Reforma.
“The police do not take care of me, my friends take care of me”, “Down with the patriarchy to fall” and “Alert that the feminist struggle is going on in Latin America” were some of the slogans chanted by the protesters.
The monuments and some shops along the mobilization road were armored with metal fences and surrounded by police to avoid graffiti and damage.
But they did not stop any protesters with hoods from smashing some windows and bus stops.
In Zócalo Square, there were some clashes with the police who surrounded The National Palace, seat of government and the residence of the President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
On March 8, International Women’s Day, the authorities had set up a huge metal wall that upset the protesters.
The march was attended by thousands of mothers who are still looking for their daughters and friends, victims of the sexual violence to which the country is exposed. For this reason, the hooded women in the black block carried out paintings and “vandalism” against the property.
VIOLENT COUNTRY WITH WOMEN
Mexico is one of the most violent countries against women with more than ten murders a day, according to UN Women and civil society organizations.
In addition, murders of women – murders based on gender – continue to increase in the country after the report 842 cases between January and October this year an increase 4.9 percent compared to the same period in 2020.
The 66 percent women over 15 years has suffered a chapter of violence throughout his life. And that 43.9 percent by your current or former partner.
“I come to ask for justice for myself, because in October last year they raped me and it is a struggle that they manage to capture (the subject) or that they are looking for him,” Anahí Granados told EFE.
The problem has grown in recent years due to the impunity that exists for most crimes in Mexico.
This 28-year-old woman, raped by a cousin of her husband, said being a woman in Mexico “is complicated because you go out in fear and expect something will not happen to you”, according to the complaint.
Feminist demonstrations gained strength in Mexico City with the march #NosCuidanNosViolan on August 16, 2019, where thousands of women protested against sexual abuse of capital police.
Since then, the Mexican capital has hosted massive demonstrations in memory of International Women’s Day (March 8) and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), which has sometimes ended in trouble.
President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has been very critical of the feminist movement, because he has accused the right to be infiltrated in the protests and recently suggested that feminism be encouraged by neoliberalism.
“It’s not true, I see the courage in the girls, the anger of the ladies who lost their daughters. It is not a right wing or a political party. We are normal people who have been subjected to violence in some way and the violence is getting stronger.Said Tania, one of the protesters.
After all, the feminist movement today comes with a new feat after the Supreme Court declared the criminalization of abortion unconstitutional in the northern state of Coahuila, which sets a precedent for the courts in the rest of the country.