Magazine article Herizons

Women Protest Violence in Mexico

Magazine article Herizons

Women Protest Violence in Mexico

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Thousands of female protesters and their male supporters led historic protests against violence against women throughout Mexico in April. "Vivas Nos Queremos"[We Want Ourselves Alive) was written on placards.

The protesters denounced "macho culture" for contributing to Mexico's reputation as having one of the 20 highest rates of violence against women in the world. It is estimated that nine out of 10 Mexican women have experienced some form of sexual violence.

"Machismo has to die," chanted thousands of protesters at the centre of Mexico City. Ana Carlota Velazquez, a student protestor, said, "I'm tired of living it, and hearing it happen to my friends, in the streets, on public transport, in university and at work."

According to Mexico's National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence against Women, six women are killed each day in Mexico atthe hands of men. …

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