Women across Latin America march against violence in day of protests

Published November 27, 2022
Mexico City: A woman shouts slogans during a march to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.—AFP
Mexico City: A woman shouts slogans during a march to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.—AFP

MEXICO CITY: From Buenos Aires to Bogota, women across Latin America took to the streets on Friday in marches to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, demanding more action from authorities.

In Mexico City, feminist associations marched down Reforma Avenue, one of the capital’s main arteries, chanting with loudspeakers and smoke flares, flanked by hundreds of police with riot shields and protective vests.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who is hoping to become the country’s first female president in 2024, had earlier this week called for a peaceful protest, but some wary activists arrived with helmets and goggles in case of tear gas.

Victims of rape and mothers of women and girls killed across Mexico took to loudspeakers to demand an end to gender violence and better criminal investigations for their loved ones.

According to government data, some 20 women are killed each day though few cases result in sentences.

“We will not be silenced,” said Lorena Gutierrez, whose 12-year old daughter was a victim of femicide. “Women and girls are still disappearing all across the country.” Honduras suffers the region’s highest rate of femicides, followed by the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Bolivia and Brazil, according to a new UN report.

“Our obligation is to redouble efforts so that the women and girls of our region can truly exercise their right to live a life free of violence and discrimination,” Jose Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs of the UN’s regional economic body said.

Published in Dawn, November 27th, 2022

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