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December 27, 2015

Chiapas: Events to observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Filed under: Human rights, Indigenous, Uncategorized, Women — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:13 pm

 

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Chiapas: Events to observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

 

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Rally by MODEVITE and the Movement of Women in Defence of the Land and Territory and for the Right of Women to Decide
Photo: @SIPAZ

 

On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, several events were held in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas.

For one, the Movement of Women in Defence of the Land and Territory and for the Right of Women to Decide held its first assembly on 23-24 November. Through this action, the organization released a communique “in favour of social property, in opposition to all forms of privatization of the land and territory” and denouncing “the energy reform as well as its continuation in the strategic rural reform.” The women, together with some men, ended the meeting with a march against violence against women.

Beyond this, the Movement in Defence of Land and Life (MODEVITE), from the Believing People of the San Cristóbal de Las Casas diocese, also marched on the same day. Simultaneously, thousands of persons (30,000 according to Proceso) mobilized in ten other municipalities in the state, “to remember that Mother Earth must be protected against the mining, oil-extraction, and hydroelectric-dam megaprojects, among others, that are being imposed on our lands […]. We will raise our voices to prevent the sale of alcoholic beverages, drugs, and prostitution in our communities, and we will denounce the ineptitude and corruption of authorities in terms of failing to resolve these problems.” Both marches converged and reached Central Park jointly.

Despite the fact that the two groups had already announced their events, in the Cathedral Plaza, where the marches traditionally end to give way to rallies, the space was occupied by the state-government. From early in the morning, privatized space was installed for the event at which Governor Manuel Velasco Coello awarded support “From Heart to Heart” to 4,000 single mothers. It bears noting that initiatives like the Movement of Women in Defence of the Land and Territory and for the Right of Women to Decide have denounced the ‘welfarism’ promoted by the state governments, which leads to dependency and ends up becoming a form of social control over women.

 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/12/26/chiapas-events-to-observe-the-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-violence-against-women/

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