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Women’s Work and Sororidad in Ecatepec

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High school students participate in performace protest in Hank Gonzales, Edomex (Nidia Bautista)

Posted by Nidia Bautista – MA Candidate in Global Journalism and CLACS at NYU

Feminicide is defined as the extreme violence against women due to their gender, marked by impunity that violates their human rights and results in death. It’s a word that names the violence inflicted on women who were strangled, raped, tortured, mutilated, and killed. I’ve been researching how and why this is happening in Ecatepec, Edomex. The more I research and interview the issue, the more I notice that women, in addition to living in a context of continual violence, are doing the work to denounce and end this violence.

I have interviewed women family members of victims of feminicide, survivors of violence, and women human rights defenders. I have also interviewed feminist academics that focus on the issue. I have taken a course on Feminicide in Mexico sponsored at Mexico City’s Museum of Memory and Tolerance. I have attended another similar conference at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). While I have found and spoken to a few men that work to denounce the violence, the majority of my sources are women. What is striking, and admittingly overwhelming, is that fighting feminicide has become women’s work.

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Student activists from the University of Puerto Rico speak at NYU

For almost a year now students from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) have been organizing demonstrations in protest of education budget cuts in Puerto Rico.  In December of last year, the protests turned violent when student demonstrations, precipitated by a proposed $800 annual tuition increase, were met with violent repression. Police officers and private guards used excessive force against student protesters, who retaliated, also wounding some security officers. The protests have shut UPR down multiple times.

As the protests continue, Representative Luis Guiterrez and the American Civil Liberties Union have come out in opposition to excessive force used against students.

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