This Monday, tens of thousands of women in Mexico stayed at home, walked out of work, schools, social events and other functions to protest femicide. This comes a day after massive demonstrations for International Women’s Rights Day on March 8.
Some feminists associations have called for a “Day Without Women” on March, 9 to denounce femicide, inaction by the authorities and, more generally, sexism in Mexican society.
The initiative was launched in February through social networks by the feminist collective Brujas del Mar, originally from the state of Veracruz, in the east of the country, under the slogan ‘El nueve ninguna se mueve’ (‘On the 9th, nobody moves’).
Violence against women in Mexico is particularly dramatic. According to official figures, Mexico recorded 1,006 femicides in 2019, a jump of + 136% since 2015. The actual number is likely much higher.
The country was recently upset by the brutal murder of a young 25-year-old woman by her husband as well as the death of a seven-year-old girl tortured by several people.
The strike movement of March, 9 rallied under another slogan “Ni una menos”, meaning “Not one less” in Spanish, made popular for several years by demonstrations against sexist violence in Latin America and Spain.