What would one day without women look like?
Women in Mexico will be coming together on March 9, to peacefully protest the femicide currently happening in their country. “El nueve ninguna se mueve” is the slogan for the day as women plan to stay home and will not be contributing to Mexico’s economy. The March 9 protest is the latest attempt from activists demanding the government do something about the femicide happening in Mexico.
Last year Abril Cecilia Perez Sagaon was murdered in Mexico City. Abril initially left Mexico City after her ex-husband beat her with a baseball bat and attempted to slice her throat during an argument. Though she was living in Monterrey she was in Mexico City with her two sons so that the boys could endure psychological testing that was required in a case where her ex-husband was trying to get custody of the children. While Abril and her two sons were in a car, on their way to the airport, Abril was murdered by two bikers who shot into the car. There is currently a warrant out for her ex-husband’s arrest, former CEO of Amazon Mexico, Juan Carlos Garcia who has since fled to San Diego, California. An investigation has uncovered that he had contact with the gunmen prior to Abril’s arrival to Mexico City.
In August, people took to the streets of Mexico in violent protest after authorities refused to suspend the four Mexico City officers that a 17-year old girl accused of raping her. With a government that is often accused of being corrupt, their refusal to suspend these officers seemed to be a grand statement of where they stand when it comes to protecting the women in the country. On February 9, Ingrid Escamilla was brutally killed and mutilated by her partner after an argument between the two. The partner was captured on video admitting to the gruesome crime. The case sparked outrage in Mexico when media outlets released pictures of her mutilated body.
7-year-old Fatima was found dead, her body inside a plastic bag, after having gone missing the day before she was found. The girl had been sexually abused and beater before she died. Though a reward of 2 million pesos (an estimated $107,000 USD) has been set up by Mexico City’s Attorney General’s Office, nobody has come forward with information about the case.
In these recent cases, a lot of the blame is being aimed at Mexican authorities for having dragged their feet. Ingrid Escamilla had previously gone to the police about her partner, Fatima’s family alleges that precious hours were lost when authorities refused to take her mother seriously and the judge that signed off on Juan Carlos Garcia’s release is currently under investigation. These cases and many others just like them are causing the distrust in Mexican authorities to grow.
The March 9 protest is coming after numerous attempts at being heard from the women in the country; they have set buildings on fire, they have sprayed monuments with graffiti, they have marched to the capital in Mexico City and change is taking too long to happen. Their patience is running thin and people are more than just afraid to walk down the street, they’re pissed off that the government that claims to protect them is refusing to enact necessary change. If women in Mexico stopped working or spending their money, the economic impact on the country would be catastrophic.
Official data shows an average of 10 women were killed a day in Mexico in 2018. In 2019, a total of 1,006 cases of femicide were reported. This is an epidemic and change should be demanded from the Mexican government. If you’re wondering how you can stand in solidarity with the women in Mexico, I urge to share your support under the #elnueveningunasemueve hashtag. This issue is unfortunately, not unique to Mexico as we often see women being oppressed all over the world. A global outrage may just force some change and maybe Mexico will finally create better laws that support and protect women.