Women’s Day: A Day of Protest Against Femicides in Mexico State

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Translated from Másde131 by Aldabi Olvera

Groups, collectives and family of murdered women staged a day of action in the municipalities of Ecatepec, Nezahualcoyotl and Chimalhuacán to visualize the rampant epidemic of femicides in the State of Mexico.

With whistles to grab attention, the collective Las Enredadas coordinated “Whistle, Shout and Organize” at the Metro Ciudad Azteca at 1 pm. They gathered more than 50 women who blew their whistles and denounced violence in the hometown of Governor Eruviel Avila.

Later in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Las Enredadas, Red denuncia Feminicidios Estado de México, La Voz de Lilith, Red Cihuame, el Círculo de Equidad de Género de Centro Educativo Cultural & Organización Social (CECOS) along with other organizations gathered on avenida Chimalhuacán near City Hall, held a cultural event and from there marched under the chant “¡Ni una asesinada más!” (not one more murdered woman!)

Margarita Flores, of CECOS told Másde131 that the protest arose from the need to denounce gender violence from Ciudad Juárez to Chiapas, however, she emphasizes, there is a great problem in the State of Mexico: the statistics for femicide are higher in Ciudad Juarez, the location marked by the murders of women in the 1990’s.

She stresses that Mexican women live with “a psychosis of violence” and it is of great importance that people know about the disappearances or the existence of places like Río de los Remedios, located on the border of Neza and Ecatepec, where it is common for authorities to find submerged bodies.

“There are no clear statistics because authorities do not want to admit it, although they are aware and it’s typical, neither the governor nor the mayors want to acknowledge that this is a daily problem we live with,” complains Flores.


 

 

UN Women and Inmujeres have one document of femicides in the country that documents from 1985 to 2010. Nothing more. The only reliable statistic Másde131 could find in the State of Mexico runs from 2011 to 2012 and references the disappearances of 1,258 women in the state in those two years, according to the Observatorio Ciudadano Nacional de Feminicidios, who cite the five deadliest municipalities for women are Ecatepec, Nezahualcoyotl, Tlalnepantla, Toluca and Chimalhuacán.

“This means that we have nothing to celebrate for the women in this country,” says Flores, “the most important thing is to coordinate with women everywhere, with the journalists of Veracruz. The future is that women have knowledge and decide to organize.”

In an interview with Másde131, La Kabra, from las Enredadas, said that they made ​​the decision to march here because they always go from the Ángel de la Independencia al Zócalo in the capital.

“They are the most dangerous municipalities: This is where it’s an achievement to be a woman, where couples, former partners, parents, stepparents, they kill for the mere fact of being women. This week there are four women killed in Neza and Ecatepec. And the media did not disclose the gender alert,’ she denounced.

“Here we are asking the women, we want to speak with the women and say they are not alone, it’s to decentralize,” she says: “Let’s go to Chimalhuac because the women are being burned there.”

The march left behind the names of women killed posted on poles and chalk silhouettes on the ground. Loud phrases that go beyond a simple slogan were heard; they made people crammed into shops and restaurants notice.

“Hay que agitar, hay que agitar, es una marcha no es un desfile militar!”

“¡Ni una más, ni una más, ni una asesinada más!”

“Si el papa fuera mujer, el aborto sería ley”

“¡Señor, señora, no sea indiferente, se mata a las mujeres en la cara de la gente!”

“¡Ecatepec, justicia!”

“¡Los Reyes, La Paz, justicia!”

“¡Toluca, justicia!”

“¡Nezahualcóyotl, justicia!”

Finally, the demonstration reached the train tracks between Nezahualcóyotl and Chimalhuacán. There, the organizers placed small pink crosses. Then they walked to the Bordo de Xochiaca by Torres and made the performance “Faces of Fire”. To finish, they put a new cross on the canal.

Translated from Másde131 by Aldabi Olvera





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