“Love Among Revolutionary Women” · Global Voices Français

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In Mexico, March 8, International Women’s Day is a day that worries thousands of people. The violence in Mexico is obvious. In 2021 alone, more than 30,000 Mexicans have lost their lives due to violence. Many of the victims were women: feminicides increased by 137% between 2015 and 2020, and seven out of ten women over the age of 15 suffered gender-based violence, according to data from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

A Mexican feminist activist, whose testimony highlights the precarious situation faced by women in Mexico, told Global Voices about her daily life as a women’s rights activist. For reasons of confidentiality, the feminist’s name will be replaced by the pseudonym “Hormiguita” [petite fourmi]. The young woman lives in a remote part of Mexico City.

Her activity as a feminist began in 2020. “It all started during the pandemic,” Hormiguita said. “Women decided to take action”. “Morsas” [nanas]is a Mexican expression referring to young women and who are, in this context, organized young women.

According to Hormiguita, “love between women is revolutionary and a means of resistance; it gives yourself a new opportunity to live each day with a different perspective. »

Its first demonstration took place in front of the palace of Bellas Artes, in the center of the capital city. However, Hormiguita said the street vendors were angry. “They attacked us physically and verbally, urging us not to return to this dangerous area to avoid clashes”.

Mexican feminists have criticized the Mexican Government’s incompetence and inaction in the face of gender -based violence, as well as the excessive bureaucratization of methods of criticism that show little or no interest in finding a solution to the problem. Only 4% of feminicide cases are settled, and this high rate of impunity is one of the main points of protest for feminists.

Hormiguita says feminist protests are a complex organizational system, reflected in the size of protests in Mexico reaching up to 20,000 people.

“I later realized that the collective was run by an assembly and a union. The assemblies bring together more than 10 or 15 collectives and we also have the support of very important networks that organize meetings of other feminist groups from other Mexican states. ”In general. , people thought feminists were divided and misunderstandings were common within the movement, but she said they “always wanted to take care of each other. »

In 2020, feminist protesters painted the door of the National Palace, which serves as the seat of the federal government led by left -wing President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), red with messages against gender -based violence . The following year, women protesting made the fence, built to protect the palace walls, a memorial for all femicide victims. This year, the government fenced off the palace again.

There were other protests in different parts of the country. Guerrero, a state in southern Mexico has Felix Macedonio as a gubernatorial candidate accused of rape. Morena, the political party in power, nevertheless apparently supported him. In February 2021, feminists protested in front of Guerrero’s state election court, opposing her collaboration on the political candidacy: if there is no protest, there is revolution » they said. A few months ago, AMLO traveled to the same state, where illegal trafficking and prostitution of young women took place. He minimizes the problem by saying that the exception is not the rule » and insisted that there was many cultural, moral and spiritual values » in these communities.

Hormiguita told us why he wanted to remain anonymous. I was publicly criticized [une autorité académique de] my school when I was in high school, and I noticed that a lot of young girls were suffering from the same thing at this school. Academic authorities, teachers and students started threatening and attacking me, I received threats and accusations because exposing a system error turned everything against you. ».

This experience pushed Hormiguita to become a prominent feminist in her neighborhood. This story is the straw that broke the back of the camel, because the chicks in the neighborhood started texting me asking for help with a safe abortion (abortion is not legal in Mexico, or just under some conditions), to criticize an aggressor or to question I ask for advice. However, I have received threats from attackers of the same victims; I also confronted my attacker and he was defended by the people around me ».

But the threats continue to worsen. They text me or even call me on my cell phone and say ‘we’re going to rape you’, ‘we’re going to kill you’, ‘we know where you live’ mentioning my address. ». Hormiguita also revealed how he and his colleagues felt that they were being watched by state agents and police.

For 2022, Hormiguita tells us about the main axis of feminist demands: For March 8 this year, we organized a peaceful demonstration and we also studied the possibility of opening a dialogue to prosecute legal abortion in the State of Mexico. »

Despite the difficulties and threats, Hormiguita felt he was supported by his community of activists. I feel the brotherhood within feminism, because we work with each other. My livelihood is helping women and prosecuting rape cases, accompanying families to court in feminicide cases; what I am doing now is not for me, but for future generations. »

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