Chiapas: Forums and marches in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 30, 2012

On 25 November, women in Chiapas took to the streets to march in San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Tuxtla Gutierréz in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  In previous days other events had been organized in which this problem had been discussed, such as the Popular Forum for the Defense of Earth, Territory, and Food Sovereignty, held from 22 to 24 November, as well as the meeting “A hundred voices of women reflecting on violence,” as organized by Kinal Antsetik and carried out in San Cristóbal de las Casas on 24 November. During these last event, more than a hundred women from 14 municipalities in various regions of Chiapas participated, analyzing the situation of violence that women presently confront in the state.

In this same sense, Martha Figueroa Mier, from the Collective of Women (Colem), reported that 67 feminicides had been committed in the state, a statistic that is based solely on the cases registered by communication media, given that the State Attorney General’s Office in Chiapas has not requested information in these terms.

In Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of the state, there was held a “Slut Walk,” following the example that began in Toronto, Canada, to reject declarations of the police asserting that women “sought out” aggressions due to the way they dress and act.

For more information (in Spanish)

Realizarán foro con la presencia de más de cien mujeres (Cuarto Poder, 24 de noviembre de 2012)

Marchan en Chiapas contra violencia hacia mujeres (El Universal 25 de noviembre de 2012)

El CEDH exhorta a las mujeres a romper el silencio contra la violencia (Chiapas Hoy, 25 de noviembre de 2012)

Acusan violencia contra chiapanecas (El Universal, 26 de noviembre de 2012)

Mujeres marchan en Chiapas contra el aumento de los feminicidios (CNN México, 26 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Popular Forum for the Defense of the Land, Territory, and Food Sovereignty (26 November 2012)

Oaxaca: Commemoration of the International Day against Violence against Women

November 30, 2012

In observance of 25 November, the International Day for the elimination of violence against women, activists and human-rights defenders in the state of Oaxaca created the State Network of Female Activists and Human-Rights Defenders in Oaxaca, with the objective of articulating responsibilities for actions and omissions on the part of the state.  Oaxaca is the state with highest number of aggressions against female human-rights defenders in the country, as the Network has denounced.  According to data from the National Network of Human-Rights Defenders in Mexico, as of November 2012, Oaxaca has registered a total of 19 aggressions against female rights-defenders this year, including an attack against a female journalist.

On 23 November, in the city of Oaxaca de Juárez, there was celebrated the Festival for Life and Non-Violence toward Women, an event that formed part of the popular campaign of citizens’ participation “For our rights, we act now!” organized by the Civil Space of Oaxaca.  The activities included dance, music, poetry, art, and a space of storytelling for children.  During this event was read the Declaration of the First Meeting of Female Activists and Human-Rights Defenders in Oaxaca, which stresses that “We know that the actions that we carry out to demand respect for human rights and so as not to remain silent before the injustices, impunity, and abuses of power, situates us in a state of vulnerability, implying risks that are not just personal but also directed against our families and organizational processes.”  The document indicates that “the authors of said aggressions are the federal, state, municipal, communal, and private corporate authorities, including caciques, a situation that places us at great risk, given that our struggle is against a system that we all dream of changing.  We desire a world in which the defense of human rights be a real right, one that guarantees security everywhere and at all times of our lives.”  The document concludes, “we find the state government of Oaxaca and the federal government to be responsible for the life and physical and psychological security of our comrades Bettina Cruz Velázquez, Reynalda Cid, and the members of the group 8 of March.”

During the six-year term of Ulises Ruíz Ortiz, 283 murders were registered against women.  During what has passed of the administration of Gabino Cué Monteagudo, 169 women have been killed in Oaxaca.  The Sub-Prosecutor for Crimes against Women for Reasons of Gender indicates that from January to October 2012 62 crimes have been committed against women, but according to data from civil organizations, a total of 69 murders of women have been observed.

For more information (in Spanish):

Crean Red Estatal de mujeres activistas y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos (Quadratín, 25 de noviembre de 2012)

Declaración del “Primer Encuentro de Mujeres Activistas y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos de Oaxaca (Consorcio para el diálogo parlamentario y la equidad Oaxaca, 26 de noviembre de 2012)

Denuncian que Oaxaca es el peor estado para defensoras de derechos (Excelsior, 25 de noviembre de 2012)

Espacio Civil invita al Festival por la Vida y la Noviolencia Hacia las Mujeres (Comité de Defensa Integral de Derechos Humanos Gobixha-Codigodh, 20 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: “Totally indignant!” activities in observance of the International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (28 November 2011)

Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)

Chiapas: activities on the International Day against Violence against Women

November 28, 2011

March on 25 November, San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Foto @SIPAZ

On 24 and 25 November in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, there were held several activities to observe the International Day against Violence against Women.  On Thursday 24 there was held a meeting of indigenous and campesina women in the Indigenous Center for Wholesome Training (CIDECI-UNITIERRA) called for by the Center for the Rights of Women in Chiapas and women’s collectives from the highlands, northern, border mountain, and coastal regions  of the state.  Under the banner “Halt the violence of the neoliberal patriarchal capitalist system” and as part of the campaign “Land is not sold; women and men instead hold it, cultivate, and defend it,” some 100 men and women gathered.  In a plenary there was discussed the struggle for land and against the firms that would displace them from their lands.  As a Tseltal indigenous woman said, “We must care for the land so that we are not left without food.”  Many women pronounced themselves against the introduction of transgenic maize which represents a danger for the survival of existing strains.  The cultivation of transgenic maize implies the need to buy new seeds each year because it does not reproduce, while currently used varieties can be used for many years without the need to buy new seeds.  In work groups there was discussed the reasons why women struggle, which struggles they confront, and how to overcome these.

March 25 November in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (@SIPAZ)

At 10am on 25 November there met some 200 women accompanied by men in the Palace of Justice to undertake a march toward the Cathedral Plaza.  The call was made by the Center for the Rights of Women in Chiapas, together with the Independent Movement of Women.  Prepared with banners and different signs, they denounced violence against women as part of structural violence.  Passing by the military base of zone 31, they demanded the cessation of violence against women on the part of soldiers and police both in communities as at checkpoints.  They continued marching as they sang slogans such as “Chiapas, Chiapas is not a barracks; out the army!” and “For life and for peace, soldiers never again.”

March 25 November, San Cristóbal de Las Casas (@SIPAZ)

Upon arriving to the Cathedral Plaza there was read a communiqué that was signed by several organizations which focuses on the structural violence suffered by women as exercised by the government as part of neoliberal policy.  “We denounce that the government allows for the establishment, without any limit, of transnational firms that foment and support the looting of the land and territory of indigenous peoples, favoring the privatization of natural resources, the cultivation of transgenic seeds, the internal division of our communities, migration, unemployment, exploitation, inflation, scarcity of goods and worsening of poverty, thus annulling our possibilities for survival, making us increasingly dependent on the market.”  The communiqué also denounces the negative impacts for women for example in support programs such as Oportunidades and Seguro Popular, bad practices of multinational companies, and once again the introduction of transgenic maize.  It finds the different forms of violence against women and feminicide as “social, cultural, and political problems that demand the adoption of concrete and urgent measures in all aspects of public behavior.”

Later there was carried out a “political performance” in the Cathedral Plaza, with the participation of several independent women as called for by the Global March of Women, Hemispheric Center for Performance, and the Autonomous Lesbian Feminist Political Collective LESBrujas.  By means of te same they denounced both the extreme violence exercised against women and feminicide.  Part of the performance was a march with flowers through the ecclesiastical walkway, under the banner “Alive they were taken; alive we want them back!”  The credo of the struggle of the women’s group that denounces feminicide is “End feminicide, end impunity, not one more woman, not one more murdered!”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado del CD de la Mujer de Chiapas, MIM, CDHFBC e integrantes de LOC (25 de noviembre)

Convocatoria a Performance Político

Marchan mujeres contra la violencia (Cuarto Poder, 26 November)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)

Guerrero – briefs – Tierra Caliente is second-highest national location in number of feminicides; SCJN will analyze recommendations of the Inter-American Court in the case of Radilla (14 September 2010)

Oaxaca: “Totally indignant!” activities in observance of the International Day of Non-Violence towards Women

November 28, 2011

In observation of the International Day of Non-Violence towards Women, the movement “Totally indignant” organized an event in Oaxaca de Juárez to remember the victims of violence and to celebrate life.  Bárbara García Chávez, coordinator of this movement, indicated that for women it is shameful that the state occupies the fourth place in feminicides at the national level, given that in the last 10 years there have been registered 549 murders of Oaxacan women, 91 this year alone.  Only 17 of these have been clarified, with an equal number of cases investigated but with no one sentenced.

To symbolize these victims, 91 black crosses have been installed in the esplanade of the cathedral in Oaxaca, by human-rights activists who urge the government of Gabino Cué to institute public policies to halt feminicide.

For more information (in Spanish):

Protestan por feminicidios en Oaxaca; en NL piden alerta (La Jornada, 25 November 2011)

Recuerdan con cruces a víctimas de feminicidios en Oaxaca (Milenio, 25 November)

Marchan mujeres “Totalmente indignadas” contra los feminicidios(Ciudadania Express, 25 November)

Buscan oaxaqueñas crear conciencia sobre los feminicidios (Milenio, ‎22 November)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)

Chiapas: events in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

December 3, 2010

November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a date commemorated by activists for women’s rights since 1981, and instituted by the United Nations Organization (UN) in 1999. In this day and in many parts of the world events, meetings and marches are organized to demand greater attention on the violence suffered by women.

In Chiapas, this year, on 24 November, women from different organizations gathered at a forum to discuss and share the situations of violence experienced by women. The next day, about 150 women, mostly from indigenous and peasant communities, as well as union members marched in the Chiapas capital, Tuxtla Gutierrez. They stood in front of the state capitol demanding that “our voice of complaint and demanding, given the gravity of the situation we are experiencing, especially rural women, indigenous and trade unionists” should be heard. Their statement claimed: “The extreme poverty and marginalization, a reflection of inequality and violence of the system, have placed us in a state of permanent anxiety, illness, pain and hunger, especially because our revenues have dropped significantly and prices have increased out of control. “ They emphasized: “we see the main cause of our problems in the privatization, plundering and marketing of our lands . Since women are not usually land owners, we have not been able to prevent sales that leave us and our children helpless. ” Finally they explained their decision to march in Tuxtla Gutierrez in these terms: “In protest in front of this extreme situation, we have decided to march in the capital of the state to tell the government, loud and directly, our requirements so that it complies with its obligation to give us security and ensure a dignified life for all people. “

In San Cristobal de Las Casas, several other women’s groups held a march-rally. They accused: “It is well known that violence femicide is exacerbated in contexts of militarization and war. Our country continues to have high levels of murders of women in all areas, whether at home, either in the crossfire of military checkpoints, whether as a result of historical political conflicts, whether as a result of poverty and hunger. “

Their demands included:

  1. “The cease of Calderon state terrorism which has swept the country for four years, increasing political violence against women and femicide.

  2. The punishment for those intellectually and materially responsible for the murder of our colleague Betty Honey, that despite being fully identified have not been arrested and prosecuted.

  3. Fot the state to assume its responsibility after the ruling of the Inter-American Court for Human Rights in the case of three young women’s murders in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua (the “Cotton Field” Case).

  4. The end to the persecution and harassment against social activists and human rights defenders, particularly against Margarita Martinez, who received a death threat yesterday.

  5. The systematic cease of all violence against women caused by structural inequalities that are characteristic of a patriarchal, capitalist, racist, classist and lesbophobic system.”

For more information:

Comunicado 25 de noviembre (Comunicado del 25 noviembre 2010 en Tuxtla Gutiérrez)

Conmemorarán día de lucha contra la violencia hacia las mujeres (Péndulo de Chiapas, 26 de noviembre)

Pronunciamiento Público (Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres Chiapas, 25 de noviembre de 2010)

More information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Meeting of Women in Resistance and Hope to defend Mother Earth and the land (November 10, 2010)