National Women’s Strike
Event against violence against women, San Cristobal de Las Casas, October, 2016 @SIPAZ
On October 19, demonstrations were held in different countries of Latin America to protest against femicide and violence against women. In San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, the event brought together about 200 people.
The trigger for these demonstrations were several recent femicides in various locations: the young Argentinan Lucia Perez, 16 years old, who was drugged, raped and murdered in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The case of Paola, a transsexual woman, which occurred on September 30 in Buenavista colony, Mexico City; the attack on the house of Itzel Duran, which resulted in the murder of the 19-year-old in Comitan, Chiapas, on October 8, and the femicide of the member of the Youth Network Trans, Alessa Flores, activist and sex worker, found dead in a hotel at Calzada de Tlalpan in Mexico City on the 13th. From Argentina, the brother of Lucia Perez states: “This time it was Lucia … but next time it can happen to you, or the person you love most in the world.”
The call for a women’s strike was spread regionally, promoted by networks encouraging the taking of public spaces in marches or demonstrations involving men and women.
In the demonstration in Naucalpan, Mexico State, women participating in the event were suppressed: according to Radio Zapote, a municipal police patrol car arrived at the town hall, where two uniformed policemen got out and arrested two women who were demonstrating against sexist violence at gunpoint.
According to the Citizens’ National Observatory of Femicide (OCNF), there are seven murders of women a day in Mexico and of “3,892 cases documented by the OCNF between 2012 and 2013, only 613 (15.75%) were investigated as femicide.”
Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity