March 9, the day after International Women’s Day, has been declared a Paro Nacional de Mujeres (Women’s Strike) in Mexico in protest against the continued prevalence of femicide and violence against women throughout the country.
As a permanent resident of Mexico, I am not permitted to join in the numerous protests #ParoNacional that happened yesterday. However, I am showing my support by refraining from working, shopping, or using social media today. (This post has been scheduled in advance.) #UnDiaSinNosotras
Current estimates state that at least 10 women are murdered in Mexico every day. It may be substantially more but men, women and children disappear in this country at an astounding rate. Many times their bodies are never found. And if they are, local Mexican authorities may not have the capability to analyze and identify remains or they aren’t interested in doing so. Impunity is sky high here as well. Fewer than 5% of all criminal activities have a perpetrator that is held accountable.
I’m not naive enough to believe that one day of outrage is sufficient to change Mexican society overnight. However, perhaps it’s a start.