One Big Thing: Mexican Women Strike Against Gender-Based Violence
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What is it?
- On Monday, March 9, hundreds of thousands of Mexican women left their jobs to protest gender-based violence (GBV) and the lack government action. Organized on social media using #UnDíaSinNosotras, or #ADayWithoutUs, the strike closed stores, schools and other regular walks of daily life throughout the country.
- These protests are a reaction to the specific targeting of women and children, including the recent murders of Ingrid Escamilla by her husband and the kidnapping and torture of seven-year-old Fátima Aldrighetti. In 2019, 3,800 women were killed, including 1,000 femicides—a term that specifically refers to the murder of a woman because of her gender.
Why is it important?
- Gender-based Violence is out of control in Mexico as the culture of Machismo has led to higher rates of violence as well as a lack of legal accountability for the abusers. Many of the legal cases are poorly investigated, mismanaged or the perpetrators were tried for lesser crimes.
- In Mexico, women’s grievances don’t stop at GBV as women also face unequal treatment in the workplace, and in education. Women make a little as 30% less per dollar than men and are significantly less educated.
What can you do?
- Find out more from Human Rights Watch
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