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)
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