Thousands of women marched this Thursday in Mexico City on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to condemn the pressing sexist violence that leaves 10 women dead a day in the country, a protest that registered tension and some clashes with 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, told EFE after attending a concert on the outskirts of the capital.
This mother criticized that the authorities lack resources and a gender perspective to deal with cases of sexist violence.
The great march of the capital, one of the many that was convened in Mexico, started at the Monument to the Revolution to the central Plaza del Zócalo, crossing the emblematic Paseo de la Reforma.
“The police don’t take care of me, my friends take care of me”, “Down with the patriarchy that is going to fall” and “Warning that the feminist struggle in Latin America is walking” were some of the slogans that the protesters chanted.
The monuments and some shops along the route of the mobilization were armored with metal fences and surrounded by policewomen to avoid graffiti and damage.
But they did not prevent some hooded protesters from breaking some windows and bus stops.
In the Zócalo square there were some clashes with the police who surrounded the National Palace, seat of the Government and residence of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
On March 8, International Women’s Day, the authorities had placed a huge metal wall that outraged the protesters.
A violent country for women
Mexico is one of the most violent countries against women with the murder of more than ten women a day, according to UN Women and civil organizations.
In addition, feminicides – gender-based murders – continue to rise in the country after 842 cases were reported between January and October of this year, an increase of 4.9% compared to the same period in 2020.
66% of women over 15 years of age have suffered some episode of violence throughout their lives. And 43.9% from your current or former partner.
“I have come to ask for justice for me, because in October of last year they raped me and it is a struggle that they manage to catch (the subject) or that they look for him,” Anahí Granados told Efe.
The problem has grown in recent years fueled by the impunity that exists for most crimes in Mexico.
This 28-year-old woman, raped by a cousin of her husband, said that being a woman in Mexico “is complicated because you go out with fear and expecting that something will not happen to you.”
Feminist demonstrations gained strength in Mexico City with the #NoNosCuidanNosViolan march on August 16, 2019, in which thousands of women protested sexual abuse by capital city policemen.
Since then, the Mexican capital has hosted massive demonstrations in commemorations of International Women’s Day (March 8) and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), which have sometimes ended with altercations .
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The president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has been very critical of the feminist movement, accusing the right of being infiltrated in the protests and recently suggested that feminism was encouraged by neoliberalism.
“It is not true, I see the courage in the girls, the anger of the ladies who lost their daughters. That is not a right wing, nor is it a political party. We are normal people who have suffered violence in some way and the violence is getting stronger, ”said Tania, one of the protesters.
Despite everything, the feminist movement arrives today with a new achievement after the Supreme Court declared the criminalization of abortion in the northern state of Coahuila unconstitutional, which sets a precedent for the courts of the rest of the country.