CIDECI, 7 March. Photo @SIPAZ
In observance of International Women’s Day on ( march, the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas (CDMCh), Semilla del Sur A.C., and the Center for Higher Studies of Mexico and Central America (CESMECA) organized a seminar for juridical and political analysis of the agrarian reforms and counter-reforms in Mexico and Chiapas on 6 and 7 March in the Unitierra-CIDECI in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.
Women’s march, 8 March. Photo @SIPAZ
On this same day 8 March, women and men who attended the seminar also marched through the streets of San Cristóbal de Las Casas to demand respect for the rights of women. Arriving to the center of the Plaza de la Resistencia, there was established a communal space for the exchange of organic campesino products.
On this same day, the member-organizations of Pact Zero Violence against Women expressed their solidarity with the actions taken during the day for the rights of women in a communiqué. They reaffirm in this document that “the member organizations of Pact Zero believe that together with the necessary legal measures for the protection of women in light of situations of violence in the workplace (which should be expanded, improved, and above all observed in practice) should be implemented together with the establishment of additional mechanisms oriented to prevent and sanction this type of violence, adopting and implementing these from the organizations, associations, collectives, and institutions that seek to eliminate these.”
For its part, in observation of International Women’s Day, the City Hall of San Cristóbal de Las Casas saw an installation and occupation as performed by the members of the Municipal Council to Guarantee Women the Right to Lives free of Violence. In this act, the municipal executive, affirmed that a priority of his government is to associate itself to questions related to women. For this reason, he said, he has instructed the director for Equality of Gender and Development of Women to follow through with cases that are currently in process.
For more information (in Spanish):
COMUNICADO DEL PACTO CERO VIOLENCIA CONTRA LAS MUJERES(Melel Xojolobal, 8 de marzo de 2013)
Se crea Consejo para garantizar vida libre de violencia a las mujeres(Imparcial Chiapas, 6 de marzo de 2013)