Amidst the international mobilizations during International Women’s Day, I was able to participate in the strike by basically “disappearing” on March 8th from 2:30pm, this article narrates my experience which many of you might find obnoxious or amusing, and it shows the reason behind why I did it.
In places where access to information isn’t reliable, support groups and networks can play a hugely important role. In Mexico, as has been highlighted in previous posts, there is a gender-based problem that needs to be addressed. Among many things, such as security, access to education, sexual rights and health, access to information is one of the biggest problems for Mexico’s female population. It is inevitable to address religion when talking about women’s access to information here in Mexico – it’s the second largest Catholic population in the world, and although religion has proven to aid many people through personal or community issues, it definitely has an impact on the county’s public policy. Although Mexico claims to be a Lay State, it has been proven in the past that the reality is quite different. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, often when more progressive policies have been pursued the conservative population has demonstrated their rejection. So, it is normal to expect that conservative opinions have influenced a lot of the institutions that should be safe spaces for women, men, the LGBTTI community and non-binaries. In no way …
On December 11th, Ana Gabriela Guevara, former Olympic Mexican athlete, and State Senator since 2012, reported on Twitter an assault she described as gender violence that occurred earlier that day.
On October 19th, women all over Latin America took the streets and protested for all the women missing today. As a plea to ask the governments for a better justice system, women of all ages wore purple and black in solidarity for the cause.